Media reports claim that the SU-30SM fighter jet that crashed off the Syrian coast Thursday, was part of the 43rd separate naval assault aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet.
Journalists of Wargonzo Telegram channel say that, if the fact is confirmed that the Russian Su-30SM fighter jet was equipped with anti-ship missiles, this indicates that the warplane belonged to Russia's Navy aviation rather than the Russian Aerospace Forces.
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"This means that the crashed SU-30SM belonged to the 43rd separate naval assault aviation regiment of the Black Sea Fleet," the journalists said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a Russian Su-30SM fighter jet crashed in Syria on Thursday, May 3.
The plane went down in the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from Khmeimim Airbase. Two crew were killed in the crash which could be a result of a bird hitting the aircraft engine upon take-off.
The Russian defense ministry's preliminary reports claim a bird may have hit an engine during a take-off.