Syrian Air Force MiG-29SM Crashed Shortly After Takeoff From Sheirat Air Base

Syrian Air Force MiG-29SM Crashed Shortly After Takeoff From Sheirat Air Base

Syrian Air Force MiG-29SM fighter jet crashed shortly after takeoff from Sheirat Airbase.

The fighter jet’s pilot was not able to eject and died in the accident. He was identified as Col. Yunes al-Makdid from the coastal governorate of Lattakia.

The Mig-29SM crashed on March 5 a few minutes after taking-off from the Sheirat Air Base in the central governorate of Homs due to a technical failure. The blog shared a video showing the fighter jet taking-off as well as a photo of the crash.

The SyAAF operates around 20 Mig-29. The Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG upgraded the Syrian jets to the specially developed SM standard, which allowed them to fire beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) and precision-guided air-to-surface munitions. Furthermore, the Mig-29SMs were equipped with active jamming systems.

This was the first documented loss of Syrian Mig-29 since this type of fighter jets entered service with the SyAAF in 1989.

Since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, the SyAAF has used its Mig-29SMs a few times to provide Syrian troops, mainly in Homs and Damascus, with close air support.

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