#SONDAKİKA! Türkmen Dağı'nın yakınına savaş uçağı düştü... Uçağın düşme anını Habertürk TV ekibi görüntüledi https://t.co/PCUK9Z6RTA— Habertürk TV (@HaberturkTV) November 24, 2015
A Russian Su-24 fighter has been shot down in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding the plane hadn’t violated Turkish airspace and was flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters.
“During the flight, the aircraft was flying within the borders of Syria, which was registered by objective monitoring data,” the ministry said, adding that the aircraft was "supposedly shot down from the ground.”
The pilots managed to eject, the ministry said, adding their fate is as yet unknown.
The downing of the Russian plane is "a very serious incident,” said Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. He added, however, that it is too early to draw conclusions until the whole situation is clear.
Footage has emerged online, allegedly showing Russian pilots from the downed jet immobile on the ground and surrounded by locals. Some reports claim that one pilot is dead.
The video posted online shows armed men around an alleged Russian pilot who seems to be unconscious and immobile. His face is bruised and bloodied. The men seem to be happy and are praising Allah, with some regretting that they hadn’t burned him on the spot.
"A Russian pilot," a voice is heard saying as a group of men gather around him. "God is great," a voice says.
They spoke Arabic but used a Latakia dialect.
According to Reuters, the video was sent by a rebel group operating in the northwestern area of Syria, where groups including the Free Syrian Army are active but Islamic State has no known presence. Read the full story here.
Moscow warns Ankara of "inevitable consequences" for attack on Su-24 https://t.co/rq5rWsij5l— TASS (@tassagency_en) November 24, 2015
Turkmen Commander: We shot both pilots dead as they parachuted after the shoot down. Their dead bodies are here. #Russianplane— BerNa (@bzgncl) November 24, 2015
#SYRIA Analysis of the objective monitoring data definitely showed that there had not been any violation of the Turkish air space— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) November 24, 2015
#SYRIA Russian Su-24 aircraft was shot down on its way to Hmeymim airbase in the territory of Syrian Arab Republic by a Turkish F-16 fighter— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) November 24, 2015
Vice-speaker of the Duma suggests evacuating Russian tourists from Turkey following "act of aggression." https://t.co/4Y8wGiLWx6— Andrew Roth (@ARothWP) November 24, 2015
Russian Ministry of Defence: Aircraft 'flying only within borders of Syrian territory' https://t.co/lEk34u16Ia via BBCNews— VanderLubben (@VanDerLubben) November 24, 2015
💥Statement on #Russian Ministry of Defence on warplane downed in #Syria 📸 pic.twitter.com/Dbp2ekgMkq— Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) November 24, 2015
#RuAF helicopter crashed north of Kafriyeh after being hit by a rocket from militants in Al-Nuba area #Latakia CS pic.twitter.com/fDpNEA5fo8— Hassan Ridha (@sayed_ridha) November 24, 2015
💥 VIDEO reportedly showing Russian mil helicopters search for missing pilots in n. #Syria https://t.co/3SKWN1pcCx pic.twitter.com/qm4QgqYFqC— Hasan Sari (@HasanSari7) November 24, 2015
And surprisingly , #NATO accepts the invitation and will hold an emergency meeting. Is #NATO looking for a confrontation with #Russia?— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
@EjmAlrai Assume the SU-24 was not armed for air to air combat, so shot down as an un-armed plane. You can bet future armed & top cover— John(Jack) Schneider (@blitzbub) November 24, 2015
#Turkey says #RuAF Su-24 entered Turkish airspace when 2 F-16s (claim) shoot it dow.1 pilots maybe captured in rabia pic.twitter.com/nih0udAYPC— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
Sergey Lavrov #Russia FM cancelled his due visit (was expected Tomorrow) to #Turkey. #Syria impose itself on world events.— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
I am told that #Russia will wait for the first #Turkey Jets to cross #Syria. More #Russia/n jets will be brought to #Syria 4 interception.— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
This is the #Syria/n group holding the body of one of the pilots of the #Russia/n jet shot down today https://t.co/fPHkgup5LF— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
#Russia so far is not accusing #Turkey directly and keeps saying it is a ground missile (not clear yet). Another pilot landed in #SAA area.— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
The body of one pilot is with the pro-Turkey Turkmen fighters close to borders and the other one with SAA. @eriq49— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015
Russia said 6000m .Either SAM (most unlikely due2 d group in the area & more) or F-16 or Turkey air misl @eriq49 @NadaBahri_ @green_lemonnn— Elijah J. Magnier (@EjmAlrai) November 24, 2015