Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Fighter jet from Syria crashes in southern Turkey

Fighter jet from Syria crashes in southern Turkey

Turkish security forces have found a missing Syrian airman after his plane went down in an area close to the border.

Turkey's state-run news agency also reported that a plane has crashed near the Syria-Turkey border. He parachuted before the jet crashed.

Turkey said on Sunday a MiG-23 warplane, probably belonging to the Syrian air force, had crashed on the Syrian side of the border and the pilot was believed to have bailed out.

The 56-year-old pilot, identified by Associated Press as Muhammad Sufhan, was found by a Turkish rescue team after a nine-hour search and was being treated at a hospital in the Hatay region.

Asked whether the pilot would be sent back to Syria, Canikli said a decision would be made "once all details have been clarified".

The plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces, Anadolu quoted group spokesman of Ahrar al-Sham, Ahmed Karaali as saying.

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The pilot reportedly said in his testimony that he took off from Lattakia to strike Idlib, but was shot down in the meantime, sources added.

Turkish media said earlier that villagers had called authorities to report the crash at around 6.30pm local time.

The governor noted that the case was not a matter of border violation, and that the jet had not been engaged on the Turkish side.

The newspaper did not specify who attacked the Syrian jet.

"We think the plane belongs to Syria".

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