Syrian Air Force L-39 shot down by rebels

A Syrian Air Force L-39ZA attack aircraft was shot down by rebels using a MANPAD air to surface missile system in the northern Hama province on Tuesday.

The aircraft on a ground attack mission was shot down using a Strela man portable air defense system and it fell near Al-Hamdaniyah village.

The pilot onboard, who survived the crash was later killed by militants.

The Czech built Vodochody L-39 is a single engine fighter originally was designed as a trainer aircraft. In Syrian Air Force fleet, the aircraft has been modified for ground attack role due to its slow speed and agility.

The video grab showing the Strela MANPAD launch