The representative of command of Armed forces of Syria has informed “RIA Novosti” that downed near the city of Aleppo military aircraft belonged to the Syrian air force.
“The aircraft of the Syrian air force was shot down by rebels in Aleppo province during a combat mission. At the moment we find out the fate of the pilot”, — said the Agency interlocutor.
As reports Reuters with reference to a UK-based Syrian centre for monitoring observance of human rights and a source among the rebels, the pilot of the downed aircraft that performed reconnaissance from the air, was captured by militants associated with “al-Qaeda” group “Front EN-Nusra”.
However, Syrian state television reported that the plane was shot down by a missile surface-to-air, while the pilot ejected.
That in the suburbs of the city of Aleppo in Syria, insurgents shot down a military aircraft, previously on 5 April reported the Syrian center of monitoring, however, the ownership of an aircraft initially was not known. Soon, an informed source “RIA Novosti” reported that the downed plane belonged to the Syrian army.
In the Russian defense Ministry in turn stated that in the city of Aleppo and its environs the Russian aircraft did not perform combat missions.