Around noon (Damascus time) on 5 April, it began being reported that a Syrian Arab Air Forces Sukhoi 22 had been shot down near al-Eis, southern Aleppo. Since then its been confirmed that the pilot safely ejected, and was taken captive upon impact, allegedly by Jabhat al-Nusra. Videos show hundreds of civilians and soldiers rushing to find the pilot. SAAF pilots are notoriously hated by rebels and their civilian supporters.
So far it is being claimed that Ahrar al-Sham shot down the plane, but it is not known what type of weapon was used. Following the reports, Brookings Institute analyst Charles Lister highlighted the rebel possession of MANPADS (surface-to-air missiles), saying they were likely used in the 16 March downing of a SAAF plane, and were possibly used here. Rebel groups have recieved small numbers of them throughout the war, with a new batch arriving after the beginning of the Russian intervention.