LATEST NEWS
Top Stories
U.S.
World
Business
Technology
Sports
World Cup
Entertainment
Health
Politics
Offbeat
Weather
Advertisement


Jul 1, 6:49 AM EDT

Syria warplane crashes near the capital, pilot missing


Documents
Indictment of Monzer al-Kassar
Latest Syria News
Syria warplane crashes near the capital, pilot missing

MSF: Syrians trapped without aid near Jordan face starvation

Street performance by Syrians in Lebanon opens wounds

UN: 5 million Syrians now in hard-to-reach areas

In Jordan camp, Syrian refugees prepare for long exile

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syria's official news agency says a warplane has crashed east of the capital Damascus due to "technical failure during a training mission."

SANA says the search is on for the pilot, who successfully ejected from the Syrian warplane Friday.

The eastern suburbs of Damascus, where the plane crashed, are held by rebels opposed to President Bashar Assad.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, says the plane appeared to have crashed because of technical failure, adding that the pilot was captured by rebels.

The Jaish al-Islam, or Army of Islam, rebel group, which operates east of Damascus says it shot down the plane. The report could not be confirmed.

Rebels in Syria have long called on their backers to arm them with anti-aircraft missiles against Syrian airstrikes.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

SPECIAL SECTIONS
Hourly News Summary
(AUDIO)
Video of the Day
The Day in Photos
PhotoWeek
SportsWeek
MULTIMEDIA
Mideast in Depth
Yucca Mountain
Obesity in America
Where The Towers Stood
Red Planet Rising
Wildfires
Advertisement
   

Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Comments and questions