Syrian helicopter crashes, activists say downed by militants
May 24, Beirut: All the crew members have been killed when a military helicopter of Syria crashed on Sunday at the northern air base of Kweiras state TV said, while an activist group said it was shot down by Islamic State militants.
The TV report quoted an unnamed military official as saying that the helicopter crashed Sunday as a result of a technical problem while taking off. The report did not say how many crew members were onboard at the time of the crash.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that Islamic State militants who have been laying siege to the base for months shot down the helicopter. The Observatory said one crew member was killed while the fate of the others remained unclear.
Kweiras military air base is in the northern province of Aleppo and is close to the town of al-Bab, which is held by the Islamic State group.
The Islamic State group posted a statement on a militant website claiming responsibility for downing the Syrian helicopter. The statement said “soldiers of the caliphate around the Kweiras air base shot down the helicopter at dawn with anti-aircraft guns.”
It said all on board the helicopter were killed including two colonels.
The Oslo Times