(IMAGES): Turkey Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet, Turkmen Forces Shoot, Kill, and Film Pilot(s)
According to Sky News, and others, Turkey has fired upon, and successfully shot down a Russian Fighter Plane over Turkish airspace.
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According to this map, the Russian fighter moved into Turkish airspace for a brief moment and was subsequently fired upon, and successfully brought down.
Vladimir Putin said the jet “did not in any way threaten Turkey” and the incident will have “serious consequences” for relations between the two countries.
Mr. Putin said the aircraft was shot by a missile from a Turkish jet over Syria around 1km (just over half a mile) away from the Turkish border, which he described as a “stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices”.
In the radar plot below, the red line (and dots) are location reports of the Russian Plane, the blue outline is the Turkish border, clearly showing the aircraft did in fact briefly cross Turkish airspace.
According to reports, the pilot(s) ejected and were shot and killed after ejecting from their doomed aircraft. Pictures and a video are emerging of local (turkmen) troops shouting “Allahu Ackbar” and showing off the body of a pilot.
“Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air,” Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade said near the Syrian village of Yamadi as he held what he said was a piece of a pilot’s parachute.
This story will be updated if and when developments occur.