Russian Passenger plane shot at over Syria

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  1. 'Missiles fired at' Russian plane with 200 passengers onboard flying over Syria — RT News

    Two missiles were fired at a Russian passenger plane flying over Syrian territory with 200 people onboard, an informed source in Moscow told Interfax news agency. The source of the attack remains unknown.

    “Syrian [officials] informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline,” the source told the Russian agency.

    The pilots managed to maneuver the plane in time however, “saving the lives of passengers.”

    It is believed the aircraft was intentionally targeted in the attempted strike, “but it remains unclear whether the attackers knew whether it was Russian or not,” the source added.

    The targeted plane belongs to Nordwind Airlines – a Russian charter air carrier, says the Ministry of Transport. It was en route to the city of Kazan, in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, from Egypt's resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, reports RIA Novosti.

    When the Airbus 320 passenger plane was flying over Syria, “the crew spotted signs of combat activities which, they believed, could pose a threat to the safety of the plane,” states Russia’s Transport Ministry, citing the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia).

    “No one was injured, and the plane was not damaged. The aircraft landed in Kazan as it had been planned,” the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism told RIA Novosti.

    Russia's embassy in Damascus is looking into the report of the attack on the Russian passenger plane, RT has been told.
  2. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Thank goodness it wasn't hit.
  3. Sounds a bit contrived. Presumably the airbus pulled 7G, released chaff and flares before performing an Immelmann turn and escaping by flying at 0 feet until feet wet.
    Klingon cloaking device....Engage.
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  4. Was thinking similar.
  5. Would those 200 passengers be 'advisors?' Or Tourists?
  6. The first hint that the Ruskies don't want to be bezzies with Assad?
  7. Unless they decide the SAM were fired by "rebels", in which case quite the reverse.
  8. Unless they've chucked an SA-2 or something similar up there, it's highly unlikely the pilot's trousers were excessively stained.
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  9. The rebels have been taking pot shots at various aviation on their way into Damascus for a while.

    Uskowi on Iran -

    This sounds a bit different. Given that it originated with Russian media, safe to say it will also be attributed to the rebels?
  10. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

  11. Given that the Western outrage bus was first paraded last week with talk of CW, is it any surprise to see the Russian equivalent have its washer fluid checked as a counter?
  12. The washer fluid was no doubt checked in order to make sure that no one had drunk it!
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  13. 200 passengers in an A320???

    That's at least 20 traveling in the hold then!

    Were they also shackled and singing Old Man River?

    Maybe it's just more pisspoor reporting....