Russian transport plane crashes in Syria killing all 32 on board - agencies

Russia Defence Ministry says plane had not come under fire

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A Russian transport plane crashed in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 32 people on board, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying.

The ministry was cited as saying that the plane crashed at Russia's Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province and that initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.

"The reason for the crash according to preliminary information could have been a technical fault," the ministry said, saying the plane had not come under fire.

It was quoted as saying that 26 passengers and six crew members were on board.

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