49 Die as Ukrainian Separatists Shoot Down Transport Plane

Rebels’ missiles have claimed 10 aircraft

49 Die as Ukrainian Separatists Shoot Down Transport Plane 49 Die as Ukrainian Separatists Shoot Down Transport Plane
Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have shot down a Ukrainian air force Il-76 transport plane using a shoulder-fired missile apparently supplied by Russia. All... 49 Die as Ukrainian Separatists Shoot Down Transport Plane

Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine have shot down a Ukrainian air force Il-76 transport plane using a shoulder-fired missile apparently supplied by Russia.

All 49 people on board died—the nine crew and a platoon of paratroopers.

The following video reportedly shows the shoot-down near Luhansk airport on June 13. The aircraft was landing at the airport when it was hit by a missile reportedly fired by pro-Russia separatists on the eastern side of the airport.

You can see the missile launch around 00:05—and the explosion caused by the crash of the Il-76 around 00:50.

Since the beginning of the fighting in eastern Ukraine in March, separatists have shot down no fewer than 10 Ukrainian aircraft—five Mi-24 Hind and two Mi-8 Hip helicopters, an An-2, an An-30 and the Il-76 at Luhansk.

A recent video depicted an Il-76 releasing flares shortly after take-off from Donetsk, a sign that Ukrainian planes can, in theory, defend themselves against heat-seeking missiles. But low- and slow-flying airlifters and helicopters are particularly vulnerable to missiles.

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