RUSSIAN HELICOPTER DOWNED IN SYRIA, ALL ABOARD DEAD: Body of Russian pilot is dragged through the dirt after helicopter is shot down by Syrian rebels
A Russian military helicopter has been shot down by rebels in Syria killing all five people on board, it has been revealed.
The aircraft, carrying three crew and two officers, crashed down in the Idlib province in north western Syria on its way home to a Russian airbase.
Gruesome pictures have since emerged showing what is believed to be the body of a Russian pilot being dragged through the dirt and loaded on to a truck.
It comes as mystery surrounded the discovery in the wreckage of an ID card with a picture of a blonde woman.
The image was found along with a haul of personal belongings of those inside, including Russian drivers’ licences, passports and insurance cards, as well as Orthodox Christian icons.
Russia’s Ministry of Defence said the helicopter was returning to the its main air base in the western province of Latakia following a delivery of humanitarian aid in war-torn Aleppo.
Two activist groups – the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees – say rebels shot down the Mi-8.
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