on 6 February after two o’clock in the morning 4 fighter inflicted surprise attacks with missiles “air-land”. Syrian air defenses responded quickly and repulsed the attack. This was announced by the defense Ministry. This time landing at the airport of Damascus came to the civil airliner from Tehran, said the TV channel “Russia 24”.
“while repelling an air strike by the Israeli air force, Syrian government forces are actively used anti-aircraft missile complexes of air defence. At the same time, as shown by the data analysis system of objective control of air situation at the time of the attack by Israeli fighters on the suburbs of Damascus, near Damascus international airport made a landing passenger plane Airbus-320,” — said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia major-General Igor Konashenkov.
the Tragedy was avoided only through effective control systems, air traffic movements and precise actions of air traffic controllers. They brought the aircraft out of the affected area and redirected it to the nearest alternate aerodrome. It is a Russian base Hamim. Thus, were able to save 172 lives.
Military experts say that this incident is a direct analogy with the tragedy in Iran in January of this year. There against the background of sharply aggravated the crisis in relations between Washington and Tehran, after the killing by US forces and Iranian General Soleimani and retaliatory strikes on us military bases in Iraq were mistakenly shot down a passenger airliner. Took it for a cruise missile. Then killed 176 people.