Turkey Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet


update: Pilot ‘killed’ as Turkey shoots down Russian warplane on Syria border

Ankara: Turkey today shot down a military plane on the Syrian border, local media reported. A plane exploded in the air and the fireball fell on a Turkmen mountain on the Syrian side of the border. A Turkish government official told media that, “We are trying to identify the nationality of the plane.”

A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was at an altitude of 6,000 meters.

The pilots managed to eject from the downed jet, the ministry said, adding their fate is as yet unknown.