The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) launched today proactive airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Hama, thwarting a wide-scale blitz against Army positions.
Military Surveillance Units in al-Mughayr (nearly 17 km to the north of Mahardah city) learned that huge numbers of militants fighting for al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, Jabhet al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa are mobilizing with their light and medium-caliber weapons in three nearby villages: Kafr Nabudah, Jabriya and al-Banah, where were expected to launch a surprise attack.
Carrying out its mission, a Syrian Mig-21 cashed immediately after it pounded positions held by Islamic rebels in the area.
While pro-rebel activists claimed the aircraft was downed by the militants, a source confirmed to Al Masdar that it crashed due to technical failure. “The hero pilot was ejected but tragically shot dead while parachuting”, the source said.
The crashed plane was caught on camera by a pro-rebel activist. However, a closer look at the footage shows no sign whatsoever that the warplane was hit by anti-aircraft weapons.