Turkey shoots down Syrian plane
TURKEY – Turkey’s armed forces shot down a Syrian plane today after it crossed into Turkish air in a border region.
Videos posted to a social media website appeared to show the aftermath of the downed plane.
Plumes of white smoke could be seen rising behind Mount Turkman in Lattakia.
The pilot ejected and was rescued, SANA reported, citing a military source.
The Turkish armed forces website reported that two Syrian planes were spotted and were warned four times about approaching Turkish airspace as they flew north in Syrian airspace.
One plane left the area but the second plane continued, and entered Turkish airspace by approximately 1 kilometer (six-tenths of a mile). The plane turned west and continued to fly into Turkish airspace, according to the site.
One of the two Turkish F-16s patrolling the area launched a missile at the Syrian plane and it crashed in the area of the town of Keseb, in Syrian territory near the border, Turkish armed forces said.