Russian rescue aircraft arrives to search for pilots of downed Su-24M bomber

An An-26 Russian search and rescue aircraft is searching for the crew of the Su-24M fighter jet that was downed by the anti-aircraft gunners of Ukraine's Air Force in the Black Sea.

Source: Colonel Yurii Ihnat, spokesperson for Ukraine's Air Force, on Facebook

Quote: "At the moment a Russian An-26 search and rescue aircraft is trying to find the Russian pilots - the crew of the Su-24M bomber - in the water area of the Black Sea."

Background: On the evening of 5 December, Ukrainian Air Force anti-aircraft gunners shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber near Zmiinyi (Snake) Island as it attempted to launch a missile and bomb attack in the southern part of Odesa Oblast.

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