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The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from the Russian Khmeimim Air Base, also Hmeimim Air Base, located south-east of the city of Latakia in Hmeimim, Syria.

TV channel Al Mayadeen, the Syrian newspaper Enab Baladi and other outlets made the pictures public.

A Russian fighter jet Sukhoi-30SM has crashed Thursday morning in the Mediterranean killing both pilots, the Defence Ministry told in Moscow.

According to specialists, the aircraft was gaining altitude when it crashed. The cause of the crash is not yet clear, but the ministry has suggested engine trouble, possibly due to a bird strike, said state news agency Itar-Tass.

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According to reports, we are talking about the su-30CM, which both pilots in the crash were killed.

"There was no fire impact on the plane", the Defense Ministry said.

Su-30SM is manufactured by the Irkut Corporation at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.