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Egypt extends condolences to Russia over military plane crash in Syria

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Mar 2018
Syria
File photo: Vietnamese air force aircraft AN-26 is seen at a base in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Russia's Defense Ministry says an AN-26 Russian military cargo plane of the same type has crashed in Syria , 9 March 2014 AP
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Egypt on Wednesday extended its sincere condolences to Russia after a Russian military transport plane crashed in Syria, killing 39 Russian military personnel on Tuesday.

In an official statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry expressed its condolences to the "government and people of Russia" over the crash of the An-26 plane, which occured as it was landing at Hmeimim airbase, near the coastal city of Latakia in Syria.

The foreign ministry statement asserted Egypt's support for its Russian counterparts over the ordeal.

The Russian Defense Ministry stated the plane was not fired upon, adding that a technical malfunction might be to blame for the crash.

An investigation is currently underway.

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