A Russian military transport airplane has crashed during landing at Hmeimim Airbase in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. Six crew members as well as 26 passengers were killed in the crash, it added.
The An-26 plane crashed during landing near the Syrian coastal city of Latakia, the ministry is quoted as saying by Russian media.
The plane was not fired upon, Russia says, and preliminary data suggests a technical malfunction could have caused the crash.
No statements have been released by ISIL or ISIS to suggest otherwise.
An Investigation is underway.
More to follow as it breaks.