As the debate heats up over the Russian jet downed by Turkish fighter jets, big questions still remain about the whereabouts and fate of the two pilots flying the Su-24 in Syria. But two videos have emerged suggesting at least one pilot is captured and feared dead.
Tuesday morning, Al Jazeera Arabic was among the first to report that a fighter jet had been shot down along the Turkish border. A later report claimed Turkish forces had shot it down, but did not say whether the plane had been in Turkish or Syrian airspace.
A clip appearing on the Facebook of opposition-aligned news website Sham News Network shows a badly bruised pilot, surrounded by unidentified fighters.
#شام| #فيديو يظهر لحظة العثور على أحد الطيارَين الروسييَن الذين قفزا من الطائرة التي أسقطتها تركيا صباح اليوم فوق جبل التركمانPosted by S.N.N | شبكة شام on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The video was also sent to Reuters by a Syrian rebel group, according to a report by the news agency Tuesday, saying the pilot in the video was dead. The news agency reports the video was sent by an opposition group in northwestern Syria, but did not specify which group. In that area of the country, several factions of FSA rebels control swaths of territory, but Daesh (ISIS) does not have a presence.
The whereabouts of a second airman still remain unknown, but Russia has said a robust rescue mission has been launched to find both pilots.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story included another video shared on social media and purporting to show fighters shooting at two red parachutes thought to be carrying the Russian pilots who ejected from the crashed jet. This is incorrect. The clip is of another incident and was originally uploaded to YouTube on October 10, 2015.
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