Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Turkish jet shoots down military plane of unknown origin

Turkish media reports said the plane's pilots ejected by parachute


Turkish media reports say Turkish jets have shot down a warplane that violated national airspace at the border with Syria.
The Dogan news agency quoting unnamed military officials said the plane was shot down on Tuesday. The agency said it crashed into Syrian territory close to the border with Turkey.
The agency did not say what nation the plane was from.
A Turkish government official could not confirm the report.
Turkish media reports said the plane's pilots ejected by parachute.
Last month, Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that had also violated Turkey's airspace.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the warplane crashed in the Turkomen Mountains region in the coastal province of Latakia.
He said it is not yet clear if the plane was Russian or Syrian, and the fate of the crew is not known yet.
The Turkomen Mountains region has been subjected to a government offensive over the past days, under the cover of Russian airstrikes.
Last month, Turkish jets shot down an unidentified drone that had also violated Turkey's airspace.