by The Daily Coin · November 24, 2015
By SARA MALM and WILL STEWART, Daily Mail
- Turkish army has shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 war plane near its Syrian border, officials have confirmed
- Russian jet had violated Turkish air space and ignored ten warnings in five minutes, Ankara military officials said
- Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s decision to shoot down the plane ‘a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists’
- Russia claims the jet, which crashed in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains, had been in Syrian airspace when it was hit
- In response, Turkish army released flight tracking data showing the jet violated its airspace at its southern-most tip
- One pilot dead, the other reportedly captured by Turkmen – ethnic Turks subjected to Russian airstrikes this week
- A video later emerged claiming to show a separate rebel group blowing up Russian helicopter sent to rescue pilot
Syrian rebels chant ‘Allahu Akbar’ over the dead body of a Russian pilot shot down by a Turkish jet today in shocking footage released shortly before a separate group blew up a Putin chopper sent to find survivors.
A video filmed by rebels in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains, an area which has been the cause of recent tensions between Turkey and Russia, sees ethnic Turkish anti-government fighters celebrating and cheering as they discover the body of the pilot.
This was followed by a second video, claiming to show members of the U.S.-trained Free Syrian Army firing an anti-tank missile and destroying the helicopter sent by Russian forces to rescue the surviving pilot.
The Russian two-pilot Sukhoi Su-24 jet was shot down by F-16 fighter planes on Tuesday morning, after it violated Turkish airspace and ignored nearly a dozen warnings by the army, Ankara military officials said.
This has been refuted by a furious Vladimir Putin who said the jet never left Syrian airspace, and the Russian President instead accused Turkey of funding ISIS, and using its military to protect the terrorist organisation.
Footage reportedly filmed in Syria’s Turkomen Mountains shows local fighters cheer as they discover the body of one of the Russian pilots
Sergei Rumyantsev, a major at Shagol air force base near Chelyabinsk, is said to be one of the Russian pilots shot down by Turkish F-16s