Turkey Shoots Down Russian Jet Near Border

Sky News — Nov 24, 2015

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A Russian jet has been shot down after reportedly violating Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.

The jet’s pilot was warned before being shot down, according to a Turkish military source.

However, Russia’s defence ministry has said the Su-24 jet did not violate Turkish airspace, the RIA news agency said.

According to Interfax the ministry also said the pilots managed to parachute out, but their fate is unclear.

TV footage broadcast in Turkey showed a plane going down in flames in a woodland area, with a long plume of smoke trailing behind it.

The warplane went down in an area known by Turks as “Turkmen Mountain” in northern Syria near the Turkish border, private broadcaster Haberturk said.

Separate footage from the country’s Anadolu Agency showed two pilots ejecting from the jet before it crashed.

A statement from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s office said the leader spoke with Turkey’s military chief and foreign ministry about the incident.

It added Mr Davutoglu would start “initiatives” within NATO and the United Nations.

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