The Syrian pilot whose aircraft crashed near Turkey, said that was shot down
ANKARA, 5 Mar — RIA Novosti, Alain Palazhchenko. The pilot of the Syrian air force, whose plane crashed on Saturday on the Turkish-Syrian border, said that he was shot down, according to the newspaper Aksam.
Earlier on Sunday, media reported that Turkish rescuers found the pilot who drove the plane crashed alone, was taken to the gendarmerie, and then hospitalized in the state hospital, Hatay.
According to the statement, the military gave in the hospital, he took off from the base near Latakia, in order to strike at targets of militants in the district of Idlib. During the execution of the task hit him. Who exactly attacked the plane, not specified.
The publication reports the name of the pilot is a 56-year-old Colonel Mehmet Sufjan. During ejection he received multiple fractures and soft tissue injuries of the face. Threats to his life there.
The day before members of the radical group “Ahrar al-sham”, said that the plane was shot down the MiG-21 in North-West Syria. Media reported that the Syrian air force pilot ejected and landed on Turkish territory.
The Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim confirmed that the aircraft Syrian air force crashed in the province of Hatay in southern Turkey. Local authorities reported that the Turkish search teams found the wreckage of the fallen plane on the Turkish-Syrian border.