Syrian regime fighter jet shot down, crash lands in Turkey
The pilot from the plane has been found and taken to a Turkish hospital. (File photo)
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A fighter jet from Syria late Saturday crashed in the southernmost Turkish province of Hatay.
A Syrian opposition group has claimed it shot down a regime aircraft. The pilot has been found alive after ejecting safely.
Hatay Governor Erdal Ata said earlier he had received reports of a plane crash near the village of Yaylacik in central Antakya, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the Syrian border.
"We think the plane belongs to Syria," Ata said, confirming no Turkish Armed Forces nor civil aviation flight was scheduled in the area.
A search and rescue team combing the area found the wreckage but the jet’s cockpit was empty, Ata said.
Early on Sunday, the pilot was found after a nine-hour search.
The Syrian national, who was not identified, was exhausted and quickly rushed to Hatay State Hospital, said security sources speaking anonymously.
The governor noted that the situation was not a matter of border violation, and that the jet had not been engaged on the Turkish side.
Eyewitness Suphan Polat, 55, told Anadolu Agency he saw the jet “sink like an arrow into the ground”.
“There were three fires. The trees had been razed. Ammunition from the jet was lying on the ground, while the cockpit was a little off to the side. We were looking for any injured people but were afraid to go near it in case it blew up,” Polat said.
Adem Yuman corroborated Polat’s story, saying it was around 6.30-7 p.m. (1530-1600 GMT) when they heard the explosion.
“We went to the wreckage but we didn’t get too close. There was one explosion when it crashed but no more,” he said.
The Syrian opposition has told Anadolu Agency that they shot down a plane belonging to the regime.
The plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces, said group spokesman of Ahrar al-Sham, Ahmed Karaali.
Reporting by Selim Tas
Writing by Sibel Ugurlu, Ayse Humeyra Atılgan
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