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The Syrian Air Force lost MiG-29 fighter jet, the pilot died

DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian Air Force lost the MiG-29 fighter for the first time in more than 30 years, LuftwaffeAS columnist wrote on Twitter, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The blogger published a video recording allegedly capturing an airplane take-off, as well as a photograph taken near the crash site. According to him, the MiG-29SM crashed on March 5 after taking off from Shairat air base in the province of Homs. The pilot, Colonel Younes al-Makdid (Yunes Al-Makdid), died, the source said.

Russia in four and a half years of its anti-terrorist operation in Syria lost, among other things, one MiG-29K, which crashed in November 2016 while landing on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the Mediterranean Sea.

MiG-29s of various modifications have been supplied to Syria since 1987. According to open data, there are about 30 fighters of this model in the air force of the republic’s armed forces.

According to unofficial information, in June 1989, Israeli F-15s shot down two Syrian MiG-29s, however, neither Damascus nor Israel had ever announced this incident; doubts about the reliability of this information were expressed by various researchers.

In addition, the destruction of two MiG-29s from Igla MANPADS was reported in September 2001, but Israel officially denied that such a thing had happened. In addition, in March 2018, it was suggested that one of the Syrian Air Force MiG-29s was shot down by militants, but this information also could not be confirmed.

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