Syria admits to shooting down Turkish jet
President Abdullah Gul said it was routine for warplanes flying at high speed to cross borders, in comments that showed signs of easing tensions in the spat over the shooting in the eastern Mediterranean.
“It is routine for jet fighters to sometimes fly in and out over (national) borders … when you consider their speed over the sea,” Gul told reporters, stressing that such actions were not “ill-intentioned”.
Turkey was considering its response after Damascus confirmed it had yesterday shot down the Turkish jet, and both countries were searching for the two missing pilots.
“An unidentified aerial target violated Syrian airspace, coming from the west at a very low altitude and at high speed over territorial waters” in the eastern Mediterranean, a military spokesman told Syria’s official SANA news agency.
Anti-aircraft batteries had opened fire, hitting the plane as it was one kilometre from land and it crashed about 10 kilometres off the coast of Latakia province in Syrian waters, he added.
It had been subsequently established the plane was a Turkish fighter jet and the two countries’ navies were now co-operating in an operation to find the two missing pilots, SANA reported.
now this could lead to an escalation..bit strange they cant find the pilots..was it unmanned?