Haberturk, a Turkish news source is confirming that Turkey shot down a Russian warplane that violated its airspace.
The Russian Su-24 warplane violated Turkish airspace and was repeatedly warned before hand a remarkable 10 times.
Although Russian Defense Ministry said, the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.
One Russian pilot did safely eject, but now Syrian rebels in the area claim they have the Russian pilot in custody. The second pilot was killed, Fox News reports he was shot down out of the sky by rebels upon ejecting.
Haberturk claims the plane reportedly crashed in a village mostly populated by Syrian Turkmen. The place has been a hotspot between the opposition and the Syrian Army.
The area the jet was shot down was close to Haytay, a disputed small piece of land bordering both Turkey and Syria. Syria does not recognize Turkey’s claim on Haytay.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has met with officials from the Foreign Ministry. He instructed them to consult with NATO and the UN on the latest developments on the Syrian border, Davutoglu’s office said in a statement.
An emergency NATO meeting has been called to sort the issue.
Unconfirmed reports of a Russian rescue chopper was also shot down by Turkey or Syrian rebels in an attempt to rescue the downed pilot. Russian Officials claim they did have permission to rescue their pilot.
Video of Plane being Shot Down: