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Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

Two missiles fired from Syria at Russian passenger plane

Two missiles were reportedly fired at a Russian plane with at least 159 passengers on board flying over Syrian territory. Russian officials admit the jet faced danger, but are not talking of a targeted attack.

Reported Deaths in Violence Across Syria April 2012; numbers from Syria Shuhada; figures from March18, 2011 - April 10, 2012 Diagram by Voice of America

Reported Deaths in Violence Across Syria April 2012; numbers from Syria Shuhada; figures from March18, 2011 – April 10, 2012 Diagram by Voice of America

Sky News quotes the passenger count closer to 200, stating that “Syrian (officials) informed us that on Monday morning, unidentified forces launched two ground-to-air missiles which exploded in the air very close to a civilian aircraft belonging to a Russian airline.”

The pilots reportedly managed to maneuver the plane in time however, “saving the lives of passengers.”

“No one was injured, and the plane was not damaged. The aircraft landed in Kazan as had been planned,” the Russian Federal Agency for Tourism told news agencies.

The plane that was allegedly targeted belonged to Nordwind Airlines, a Russian charter air carrier, identified as an Airbus A320.

On April 29 it was en route to the city of Kazan, in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, from Egypt’s resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.

On Tuesday, Interfax’s source informed that the aircraft was attacked when it was flying at an altitude of 9,800 meters.

“The first missile detonated at 9,200 meters, the second one at 8,900 meters”, the source said.

After the crew reported the incident to Syrian ground control, the flight was allowed to gain altitude of nearly 1,000 meters more, according to the source.

The transportation ministry said the plane landed safely.

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