The MiG-21 of the Syrian air force at the airbase of ham
Armed militants in Syria shot down a supersonic fighter MiG-21 of the Syrian air force, said the Agency Sputnik citing a military source, whose name was not called. According to the Agency, the crash of the fighter jet occurred near the airport of the city of Hama.
The pilot of the MiG-21 was killed while trying to eject, the source said. He was shot from the ground.
“The militants opened fire on the pilot, when he was descending with parachute. This led to his death,” — said the Agency interlocutor.
Later the source of the Agency said the information about the pilots of the fighter jet, saying that there was two of them, and some of them died in the plane crash. Another pilot, according to the interlocutor of Sputnik, successfully catapulted to the territory controlled by the Syrian army.
About when this incident occurred, the source Sputnik reported. Does not indicate which of the militants groups operating in Syria, are behind the plane crash. Official information about the crash of the MiG-21 also has not yet been reported.
The sources of the Agency Reuters, in turn, claim that the plane was shot down by insurgents on Saturday, March 12, at landing approach at the airport of Hama. The Agency source in the Syrian army called the attack on plane a violation of the ceasefire. According to the Syrian monitoring centre for human rights, the plane was shot down by rebels using missiles with infrared guidance system. At the same time in the opposition group “Jaysh al-Nasr”, which operates in the area, said that he shot down the plane using anti-aircraft guns.
As notes Reuters, earlier Syrian rebels have shot down planes of government forces using anti-aircraft guns.
Since February 27, in Syria a ceasefire, an agreement which was concluded with the assistance of Moscow and Washington. The terms of the agreement agreed that the Syrian government forces, as well as the Higher Committee on negotiations of the Syrian opposition (BCP), “Syrian democratic forces” and the majority of armed groups. The ceasefire does not apply to banned in Russia grouping “Islamic state” and “jabhat al-EN-Nusra” and other recognized by the UN security Council terrorist organization. For the time elapsed since the beginning of the truce, the sides have repeatedly accused each other of violating the ceasefire.