"Russia's Antonov An-26 transport plane that crashed while landing at Hmeymim airfield in Latakia in Syria was carrying six crew members and 33 passengers. Their families will be provided with the necessary assistance and support," the defence ministry was quoted by TASS as saying.
According to the updated information, there were 33 passengers and six crew members aboard the aircraft. All of them were military servicemen from the Russian Armed Forces, it added.
The plane crashlanded when it was about 500 meters short of the runway. Both the crew members and passengers were killed.
Defence ministry officials said that the crash might have occurred due to a "technical fault", adding that neither the plane caught fire nor it came under attack. It added that a major general was among the dead.