Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation: the Russian Il-20 with 14 military men on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea
The plane disappeared from radar during the attack of F-16 fighters of the Air Force of Israel for facilities in the province of Lattakia
MOSCOW, September 18. / TASS /. The Russian military aircraft IL-20 with 14 servicemen on board disappeared over the Mediterranean Sea. Il-20 disappeared during the attack of F-16 fighters of the Israeli Air Force on targets in the province of Latakia, the fate of the Russian military is unknown, the Russian Defense Ministry told journalists on Tuesday.
"On September 17, at about 11:00 Moscow time, on returning to the airbase of Khmeimim over the Mediterranean Sea, 35 kilometers from the coast of Syria, the connection with the crew of the Russian Il-20 aircraft was lost," the department said. They specified that "the mark of IL-20 on the radars of aviation control disappeared during the attack of four Israeli F-16 aircraft on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia."
"At the same time, the Russian radar monitoring of airspace recorded rocket launches from the French frigate Auvergne, which was in the area," the Defense Ministry said.
The ministry noted that there were 14 servicemen aboard the aircraft, "their fate is unknown", "the command of the Russian air base Khmeimim organized a search and rescue operation."