The defense Ministry reported the disappearance in Syria of the Il-20
The command of the Russian base in the Syrian province of Hamim in the evening on September 17 lost contact with the crew of the aircraft Il-20 of the aerospace defence forces of Russia, about that on the night of September 18, reported the Ministry of defense.
“The seventeenth of September, about 23.00 GMT, when returned to the base Hamim above the waters of the Mediterranean sea, 35 kilometers off the coast of Syria has lost communication with the crew of Russian Il-20 aircraft,” — said the Russian defense Ministry.
The incident occurred during the attack of four F-16 aircraft of the Israeli air force on the Syrian province of Latakia.
Also, the Russian military have been recorded missile launch from a frigate of the French Navy “Auvergne”, which has been deployed in the area, the Ministry added.
On Board the Il-20 14 persons were detained, their fate remains unknown. The command of the Russian air base Hamim conducts search-and-rescue operation.
The Israeli army declined to comment on the message of the defense Ministry about the disappearance of a Russian Il-20 during a RAID by Israeli fighters in the Syrian province of Latakia. The Agency noted that it did not comment on reports from abroad.
The us military was not involved in the rocket attack in the Syrian province of Latakia on September 17, said a CNN source in the Ministry of defense.
The channel also presented the point of view of the Pentagon on the incident, according to which the Russian plane may have been accidentally shot down by Syrian air defense in repelling air strikes of Israel.
Il-20 electronic reconnaissance aircraft and electronic warfare on the basis of Il-18, equipped with side-looking radar, optical sensors, satellite communication system to exchange data in real-time.