Turkey has shot down a Russian fighter jet close to its border with Syria, it has emerged. The plane exploded in the air causing a huge fireball which fell on the Turkmen mountain on the Syrian side of the border.
A Russian war plane, Sukhoi Su-24, was reportedly shot down by Turkish army F-16 fighter jets early on Tuesday morning, near its border to Syria.
According to Dailymail, Turkish army officials say the Russian plane had violated the country's air space close to the Syrian border and was shot down after ignoring several warnings.
Turkish officials say the plane was warned 10 times in five minutes before it was eventually shot down.
Russia's Ministry of Defence however claimed that the jet was in Syrian airspace, and was shot down from the ground.
Footage of the incident has emerged on Turkish news websites and shows the plane engulfed in flames as it comes crashing down in a woodland area on the Syrian side of the border.
Both pilots ejected themselves from the jet and could be seen parachuting down to the ground, where at least one has been reported as captured by Syrian rebels, according to Turkish media.
Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said the warplane crashed in the Turkomen Mountains region in the coastal province of Latakia.
The Russian Defence ministry said in a statement:
'Today on the territory of Syria supposedly as a result of shooting from the ground, a plane of Russian air force group in Syria, a Sukhoi-24, crashed in the Arab republic of Syria.
The plane was at the altitude of 6km(3.73m). The fate of the pilots is being checked now. According to the first information, both managed to eject.'
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