"Russian An-26 cargo plane crashed while landing at the Khmeimim airfield at about 3 p.m. on March 6. According to preliminary reports, the air disaster claimed lives of all 26 passengers and six crew members of the aircraft," the statement reads.
The plane reportedly crashed about 500 meters away from the runway.
The preliminary findings say that the air crash could be caused by a malfunction. The ministry added that, "according to the report from the scene, no firearms were used against the plane. The Russian Defense Ministry commission shall study all possible versions of the accident.