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