On March 6, 2018, Russian AN-26 military transport plane crashed during landing at the Khemeimim air force base in Syria.

The crashed AN-26 was assigned to the 6th Army of the Russian Air Force. The plane was flying from Aleppo to Khmeimim (Syria) with two interim landings, according to the Mash telegram channel. The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the plane was not shot down and that a technical malfunction could be the reason of the AN-26 crash.

There were no survivors of the crash. The ministry initially reported the plane was carrying 26 passengers and six crew members, but later raised the death toll to 39 people. All of people onboard were Russian military personnel, including a major general, the authority body revealed in a statement.

The Russian Investigative Committee launched a criminal case investigation over the crash. "The Russian Investigative Committee’s military investigators have launched a criminal case under Section 351 of Russia’s Criminal Code (Violation of flight rules or Preparations for Them)," committee’s spokesperson Svetlana Petrenko told Russian news agency TASS.

The AN-26 is a twin engine turboprop civilian and military aircraft, designed and produced in the Soviet Union from 1969 to 1986. Currently, this aircraft operated by Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh air force.