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ANKARA, November 24. /TASS/. The yet-unidentified fighter jet that crashed in Syria near the Turkish border earlier on Tuesday had violated Turkish air space and was downed by Turkish Air Force interceptors, the CNN Turk television channel reports quoting local and Syrian sources.
Media reported that a fighter jet has crashed in Syria on the border with Turkey on Tuesday.
Reportedly the plane had ventured into Turkish airspace and F-16 fighter jets, ordered into the air in accordance with the country’s rules, shot it down.
The plane has not been identified yet.
Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu is holding an urgent conference with the senior officials of the general staff over the incident.
Two pilots of the combat plane managed to eject themselves.
NTV has aired video footage from the crash site in the area of Kyzyldag mountains about five kilometers away from the Turkish border. The area is populated by Syria’s ethnic Turkmens. Clashes between the opposition and Syria’s government troops are underway in the area. The video shows the plane caught fire, developed a nose dive and flew into one of the hills.
Turkish media and officials earlier said that a major operation had been underway in the area populated by ethnic Turkmens. Government troops were trying to regain control over the territory. The military on the ground have heavy support from the air. Some of the strikes are delivered by Russian planes.