Warplane crashes near Damascus, causes unclear - Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

by Reuters
Friday, 22 April 2016 18:00 GMT

(Corrects to say plane crashed southeast of airport)

BEIRUT, April 22 (Reuters) - A warplane in Syria crashed southeast of Damascus on Friday, and it was not clear if it had been brought down by insurgent gunfire or suffered a technical fault, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.

The plane crashed southeast of Damascus airport, the British-based monitoring group said, after flying over territory controlled by Islamic State. The fate of the pilot was not known.

Islamic State earlier said a Syrian warplane had been shot down. Its statement could not be independently verified. (Reporting by John Davison; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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