Syrian rebels shot down a warplane in the south of Aleppo, Reuters reports, referring to the data of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. No country has claimed the aircraft’s belonging yet.
Social networks are being filled with the facts that the plane Su-22 of the Syrian Air Force was hit. They also spread the photograph that was allegedly taken near the crash site wrapped with a black column of smoke.
According to Al Arabiya, the plane caught fire in the air and crashed in a mountainous area of Talat al-Iss, where Al-Qaeda-linked rebels got in heavy shelling of Syrian and Russian planes after they had captured the area this week.
The pilot’s personality was identified. According to preliminary data, he is Colonel Khaled Sayed from Latakia. This information is currently being checked.
The Su-22 is a modification of the Su-17, which was developed in the second half of the 1960s. Russian armed forces, which have been operating in Syria, don’t have such a model at their disposal. As it is known, the Syrian Air Force does possess these planes.
Syrian government forces supported by the Russian aircraft captured the city of Hanaser, through which a highway to Aleppo goes. Aleppo still is under control of opposition.