|Photo from The Aviation Herald www.avherald.com|
This dramatic photo from The Aviation Herald shows how the top half of the vertical stabilizer of a Syrianair A-320 was sheared off on September 20th, as the plane was flying near Damascus International Airport.
A statement attributed to the spokesman for the Information Ministry said, "The helicopter struck the tail of the plane. The control tower at Damascus airport confirmed that the plane landed safely at Damascus airport and all 200 passengers are in good health."
|Ground operations at Damascus Airport.|
Sixty six year old Syrianair has kept up flights, but not without casualties. Firas Ibrahim Al Safi, a captain with the carrier was shot and killed on his way to work July 30th.
Flight 501 was en route to Latakia, 150 miles from Damascus and continuing on to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, when the helicopter rotor blades sliced through the upper portion of the vertical fin. Both aircraft were flying around 12,000 feet at the time. Reports say the military crew was killed when the chopper went down near the capital.
|Logo of the 66 year old Syrianair|