A Russian Ka-52 attack chopper crashed

A Russian Ka-52 attack chopper crashed Monday during a flight over eastern Syria as a result of a presumed technical malfunction, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. Both pilots aboard the aircraft died as a result of the incident.

The Ka-52 Alligator is an armed helicopter designed to conduct anti-ground missions and reconnaissance flights.

“The cause of the incident could be a technical malfunction,” the ministry added.