A mistake - Syrians shoot down a Russian Ilyushin IL-20

15 killed after Syrian jets shoot down Russian Ilyushin IL-20.

A Russian surveillance plane was inadvertently shot down by a Syrian missile late Monday night, killing 15 crew members.

Russia confirmed the plane, an IL-20 military aircraft, was shot down, and blamed Israel for the incident over alleged poor positioning that pushed the Russian aircraft into Syria’s crosshairs. Russian Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, spokesperson for the Russian military, said, “The Israeli pilots were using the Russian aircraft as a shield and pushed it into the line of fire of the Syrian defense.”
Four Israeli fighter jets launched attacks in northwest Syria. The Russian military says it was unaware of the strikes and received no warnings from Israel until a minute ahead of the strike, leaving insufficient time to safely leave the zone.
“As a result of the irresponsible actions of the Israeli military, 15 Russian servicemen were killed, which is absolutely not in keeping with the spirit of Russian-Israeli partnership,” Konashenkov added.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, “We reserve the right for further reciprocal steps.”

Israel Responds

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released a statement on the incident, in which they said Syrian anti-aircraft units “fired indiscriminately and from what we understand did not bother to ensure no Russian planes were in the air.”
Israel said that the Russian aircraft was not in the area at the time they launched attacks on Syrian targets. The Russian aircraft was shot down later when Israeli fighter jets had left the area.
Syria used the same anti-aircraft system they purchased from Russia in recent years, according to a U.S. official.
“Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident,” the statement said. It also placed blame on Iran and Hezbollah. “These weapons were meant to attack Israel, and posed an intolerable threat against it,” it added.


Well I don’t really know who’s at fault but I think its funny that a Russian plane was shot down by a Russian anti-aircraft system.


This is so sad. These events happen too often these days. I’m sorry for everyone onboard.


Well, some more horrible events in aviation this year! What is happening!?

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Typical war does that


Personally I blame the Syrian’s they kinda pulled the trigger


It’s not funny, it’s remarkable…

That is the correct answer @anon93248082. Everyone else is responsible for what leaves their barrel and it should be no different for the Syrians. War or not.


This is typical war time behavior, yet still sad, I am pretty sure it was not a mistake (on the Syrian’s part)…

This year is not a fun year for aviation… RIP all 15 souls.


This is war man. It has nothing to do with aviation mishaps or accidents.


Well thats gonna make some headlines, depending on the battery used to shoot down this aircraft there was obviously a huge fail by the Syrian government forces in identifying and discriminating against their tracks. Degraded radar or whatever the cause its all the more reason for commercial aircraft to avoid the airspace. Shot down by your own allied defense thats pretty messed up. Definitely gonna be tracking this story. In any case war is hell. May the families find peace and may this conflict be resolved in a peaceful manner.


Kinda makes you wonder how Russia can support Syria or any of the other anti-Israel countries. Hopefully we see Russia make the switch to the right side.

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Probably oil and money

RT Report

The Russian military says an Israeli raid on Syria triggered a chain of events that led to its Il-20 plane being shot down by a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile. Moscow reserves the right to respond accordingly
READ MORE: Russia ‘reserves right to response’ after saying Israel’s actions led to downing of Il-20 by Syria

On Monday evening, four Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked targets in Syria’s Latakia after approaching from the Mediterranean, a statement by the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday. The Israeli warplanes approached at a low altitude and “created a dangerous situation for other aircraft and vessels in the region,” it said.
The military said that the French Navy’s frigate ‘Auvergne,’ as well as a Russian Il-20 plane were in the area during the Israeli operation.

“The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile,” the statement said, adding that 15 Russian military service members have died as a result.

Map of the incident on September 17 in Syria provided by the Russian defense ministry.

The Russian ministry said the Israelis must have known that the Russian plane was present in the area, but this did not stop them from executing “the provocation.” Israel also failed to warn Russia about the planned operation in advance. The warning came just a minute before the attack started, which “did not leave time to move the Russian plane to a safe area,” the statement said.

The statement gives a larger death toll than earlier reports by the Russian military, which said there were 14 crew members on board the missing Il-20. It said a search and rescue operation for the shot-down plane is underway.

A later update said debris from the downed plane was found some 27km off the Latakia coast. The search party collected some body parts, personal possessions of the crew, and fragments of the plane.

Responding to the Russian accusations later in the day, the Israeli Defense Force confirmed that it had conducted a bombing mission in Latakia. It said that this targeted what it claimed was a shipment of arms-manufacturing equipment destined for Hezbollah on behalf of Iran. The IDF statement said that it mourned the death of Russian troops, but added that the responsibility for their loss rested with Syria and its Iranian and Lebanese allies.


I agree with your statement but i am more intregued to find out if the russian military aircraft were even equipped to defend/avoid their own weapons systems. It would seem like a good motive to test aircraft before hitting full production/operation if you believe your ordinance/weaponry is the most advanced/trusted; with these weapons systems readily available in the area of manufacturing it shouldnt be so hard to test it against your own. Its an unfortunate situation im just interested in the engineering that goes into this as if they are supplying potential “threats” or at the time “non-believed potential threats” to aviod such occurance from happening even on accident.
*as a note i am not downplaying/knocking/degrading the severity of the event, any actions, or any part of the participating parties. Just interested in the fundamentals to the enginerring and process to avoidance systems/actions being able to be taken in such situations.
& @anon93248082 thanks for the always onpoint, full of & attention to detail, & propper sources/great writing/posting. As always keep up the great work!

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