A Russian Ka-52 military helicopter crashed in eastern Syria on Monday, killing both pilots, the Russian defense ministry said.
"During a scheduled flight over the eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic, a Russian Ka-52 helicopter crashed. Both pilots were killed," the ministry said.
It added that the bodies of the two pilots were recovered by a search and rescue group and delivered to an air base.
"According to preliminary information, the cause of the incident could be a technical malfunction," the ministry said.
Last week, two other Russian pilots were killed after a SU-30 military jet crashed over the Mediterranean Sea after taking off from the Hemeimeem air base in Syria.