All those on board the Russian Antonov-26 transport plane, 26 passengers and six crew members, were killed.
The statement from the Russian defence ministry said: “Around 3pm Moscow time (12pm GMT), a Russian An-26 transport aircraft crashed while coming in for landing at the Khmeimim airbase.
“All those on board died in the incident.”
The Russian military added the plane hit the ground some 500 meters from the runway and it did not come under fire before the incident.
The defence ministry is investigating the crash but it said initial information suggested the crash may have been caused by a technical fault.