Date & Time: Jan 18, 2015
Type of aircraft:
Antonov AN-26
Operator:
Registration:
YK-AND
Flight Type:
Supply
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Damascus - Abu Adh Dhuhur
MSN:
3008
YOM:
1975
Country:
Syria
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
24
Pax fatalities:
24
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
30
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a supply (cargo) flight apparently from Damascus, carrying food, potable water and ammunition for the Syrian soldiers fitting against the Islamic State. On final approach to Abu Adh Dhuhur AFB by night and foggy conditions, the aircraft was too low and hit high tension cables before crashing near the airport. All 24 passengers and six crew members were killed. Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front claimed to have shot down the aircraft, but both state media and the Observatory said the crash was caused by poor weather conditions. Aircraft type and registration to be confirmed.