Flight Global reports on a rather strange-sounding accident in Syria.
Mystery still surrounds the circumstances of an apparent mid-air collision involving a Syrian Arab Airlines Airbus A320 that resulted in substantial damage to the twinjet's vertical fin.
The only verification of a collision came from a brief statement released by the ministry of information and carried by Syrian government media, which stated that a military helicopter - possibly a Mil Mi-17 or Mi-8 - had collided with the jet, which had returned to land at Damascus.
Unverified images of a Syrian Arab Airlines A320 in a hangar show damage to the fin and rudder consistent with at least two horizontal clockwise rotor blade strikes at a height of about 9.3m (30ft), ruling out a ground collision because the Mi-17's rotor height is too low.
The lower half of the rudder remained attached. Lack of evident damage to the rest of the airframe, notably the horizontal stabiliser, might indicate that the helicopter passed aft of the A320.
There's more at the link, including more (and larger) photographs of the damaged airliner.
No word on what happened to the helicopter . . . but if its rotor blades caused that much damage to the tail of the Airbus, they'd most certainly have been destroyed by the impact - and they are the wings of the helicopter. It would have plummeted to earth along with all of its occupants. I doubt whether any of them would have survived.