Defence ministry say the aircraft was carrying 14 servicemen

Russia’s defence ministry said it had lost contact with an IL-20 aircraft with 14 servicemen on board near Syria’s Hmeimim airbase, Syrian state-run Ikhbariya TV reported late on Monday.

Reports of the downed plane came after missiles were fired from the sea at several locations in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Monday. Syrian state media (Sana) said these were intercepted by air defences.

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