Russia Today has reported that Syrian missiles were fired at a commercial Russian Airbus 320 flying over Syrian territory at 12.55 GMT Monday. The Interfax News agency issued a bulletin that the Russian Foreign Ministry was “taking emergency measures to clarify circumstances of incident with Russian jet flying over Syria.”
Russia’s Transport Ministry told Russia Today, “[The flight’s] crew spotted signs of combat activities which, they believed, could pose a threat to the safety of the plane.”
Pilots took evasive maneuvers avoiding the attack. There were no reported injuries of the 159 passengers aboard.
An “informed source,” who spoke with Interfax on condition of anonymity said that he believed the Airbus was deliberately targeted. “It remains unclear whether the attackers knew it was Russian or not,” the source said.
The flight departed from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to Kazan, Russia. The plane landed safely at its destination.
The Airbus was operated by Nordwind Airlines, a charter airline headquartered in Moscow. According to PlaneSpotters.net, the airline has a fleet of 22 aircraft. The Airbus 320 is its only of this type.
The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad and the Free Syria Army has continued since July 19, 2012.