Turkey Shoots Down Russian Fighter Jet For Violating Airspace
Turkey has shot down a Russian fighter jet close to its border with Syria, it has emerged.
Turkish military officials say a warplane shot down the jet because it violated its airspace.
The plane exploded in the air causing a huge fireball which fell on the Turkmen mountain on the Syrian side of the border.
Video footage captured in the area shows the jet covered in flames plummeting to the ground.
Russia has since confirmed one of its jets was shot down. Officials in Moscow also say they can prove it was flying in Syrian airspace.
Turkish presidential sources said the downed plane was Russian made.
It is believed the plane’s two pilots managed to eject themselves before the plane hit the ground.
A Turkish government official told AFP: “We are tying to identify the nationality of the plane.”
Russian fighter planes have been flying in the area as part of the Russian bombing campaign in Syria.
Turkish officials say the plane was warned 10 times in five minutes before it was eventually shot down.