Suspected Syrian plane 'crashes near Turkey border'

06 March, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
  • BREAKING: Plane crash in Turkey as teams scramble to find ejected pilot

According to the hospital sources, who asked not to be named, the 56-year-old pilot was identified as the Syrian national Mehmet Sufhan. "There is also no clarity on the reason for why it crashed, but there are reports that the weather conditions were rather unfavourable", said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

The Syrian regime confirmed that they "contact was lost with a military aircraft on a reconnaissance mission near the Turkish border". It gave no details.

Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu quoted a spokesman for the Islamist group Ahrar-al_sham, Ahmed Karaali, saying the regime plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces.

It was unclear why the aircraft had crashed, whether it had been attacked or suffered technical failure.

Since war broke out in Syria in March 2011, more than half of its population has been forced to flee their homes.

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Turkey and the United States support the main opposition forces fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a seven-year civil war, while Russian Federation backs Assad's government.

The pilot was found exhausted, 40 km from the wreckage of the jet.

It now has armed forces involved in operations along the Syrian side of the frontier.

The jet crashed into the countryside in the southern Turkish border province of Hatay on Saturday, with witnesses claiming they had seen the pilot eject before the crash.

The army's gains follow a push to the south and east of the city of al-Bab, which was captured by Turkish-backed rebels late last month.

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