2017-03-05

SyAAF MiG-21bis Shot Down (2017-03-04)


Yesterday, a SyAAF MiG-21bis from No. 679 squadron operating from Hama AB and piloted by Col. Mohammad Sawfan "العقيد محمد صوفان" was shot down by rebels and subsequently crashed in Turkish territory nearby the borders; the pilot in question has successfully ejected but been arrested and taken to a hospital in Antakya.

The Fishbed pilot whom was suspended from flight some years back, was returned to service recently; it's believed this was his first sortie after suspension.

A recording for the last conversation between the pilot and the GC I received, clearly shows the pilot was dis-oriented due to a technical failure malfunctioned the compass first then the whole navigation system. After that the pilot couldn't recognize his way back to base -as requested by the GC- which put him under range of AAA of Ahrar Al-Sham rebels.


2017-02-06

SyAAF Su-22M-3 Crashed (2017-02-05)


Yesterday, 5th Feb. 2017, a SyAAF Su-22M-3 operating from Neyrab AB and piloted by Lieutenant Col. Bassel Saleh "المقدم باسل صالح" crashed on the approach to land in the said airfield resulting in the death of the pilot.

The aircraft in question was deployed from Dmeir AB to Neyrab AB just few days back together with another aircraft of the same type.

Although the photo above shows the serial 3013 but it is still unconfirmed if the same aircraft was crashed.

2017-01-12

SyAAF Loses Two of Her L-39s in Deir EzZour AB


Last Sunday, 8th Jan. ISIS fighters damaged two L-39s parked inside the double-HAS at the furthest western side of Deir EzZour airfield by ATGMs fired from a considerably close distance; the whole footage can be seen in this VIDEO.

Providing that no reports raised from Deir EzZour about night sorties of SyAAF units which the L-39 becomes famous with; add to that the area aside the HAS is kinda empty of trucks and personnel, I can say these two Albatroses were stored and not airworthy for period; eventually, both the aircraft caught fire and completely melt down.

One wonders how SyAAF did not arrange any measure to protect these easy-to-maintain aircraft which were spotted by ISIS fighters in a video from the same area published last September.








2016-12-20

SyAAF SA 342 Gazelle Shot Down (2016-12-19)


Yesterday, 19th Dec., a SyAAF Gazelles was shot down by ISIS fire in T4 AB surroundings taking into account that since late 2014 a pair -at least- of Gazelles were deployed from Mazze AB to the T4 and housed inside the maintenance hangars as mentioned in my previous post.


The Gazelle was piloted by Brig. Gen. Khedr Al-Hussain "العميد خضر الحسين" and Major Abbas Yunes "الرائد عباس يونس", both were KIA.
I need to draw your attention here that some pro-regime media claimed the death of Major Amer Ibrahim due to the crash of his helicopter at the surrounding of the airbase which is false.

2016-12-18

SyAAF's T4 AB in Danger


New video published by ISIS videoed from the south western part of the T4 airbase and shows how close the ISIS fighters got.
MiG-25s are scattered everywhere around the airfield as can be seen in aerial imageris, may be 2 or 4 PDS interceptors are still air worthy while the others has been decommissioned since years.



The maintenance hangars are in sight and could be an easy target to ISIS fire; SyAAF shouldn't worries about whether Su-22M-4s and Su-24M2s are inside but for the Gazelles which are housed in.

It's good to mention that the south western HASes in this airbase house the Su-22M-4 squadron.

2016-12-10

SyAAF MiG-23 Crashed (2016-12-10)



Today, a SyAAF MiG-23 operating from Sh'eirat AB and piloted by Col. Thabet Ismail  (العقيد ثابت اسماعيل) is reported crashed in Hayyan field in eastern rural of Homs governorate; the pilot ejected and was recovered. Pro-regime media refers the incident to a "Technical Failure" while ISIS are claiming the shot down. 

It's good to mention the aircraft in question should be either MLD (23-18) or MLD (23-22) as both variants operate from this airfield.

2016-12-04

SyAAF L-39 Crashed (2016-12-03)


Yesterday, 3rd Dec. 2016, a SyAAF L-39 operating from Neyrab AB and piloted by Lt. Col. Ja'far Abboud Hasan (المقدم جعفر عبّود حسن) and Capt. Tarek Mwaffaq M'alla (النقيب طارق موفّق معلّا) was reported crashed nearby the citadel of Aleppo.

With no party claims shooting down this aircraft with solid evidence the crash most likely occurred due to a technical failure; both crew are KIA.