ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. twenty five (UPI) — The Turkish authorities on Wednesday introduced what it said was a recording of a radio warning offered to the pilots of a Russian jet just before it was shot down in rebel territory near the nation’s border with Syria.
The Su-24 fighter jet was qualified Tuesday and crashed in contested territory in Turkey’s southeast. Two pilots on board ejected from and survived the crash, but one was killed when the pair arrived below little arms assault from rebels on the floor.
“A single on board was wounded when he parachuted down and [was] killed in a savage way on the floor by jihadists in the location,” Aleksandr Orlov, Russia’s ambassador in France, stated.
Capt. Konstantin Murakhtin stated he and fellow pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov had been not offered any visual or radio warnings by the Turkish federal government. He also denied flying into Turkish airspace due to the fact the pilots realized the region “like the back again of their hand.”
Turkish govt officers, although, said the pilots had been provided many warnings ahead of the jet was shot down. Wednesday, they launched what they stated are audio recordings of the warnings.
“This is Turkish Air Force talking … You are approaching Turkish airspace,” a voice on the recording said.
Turkish officials mentioned the same warning was recurring every thirty seconds for five minutes ahead of they determined to shoot the airplane down.
The incident transpired as tensions in between Syria and Turkey, and Russia and the United States, continue to be strained. Washington is a vocal advocate of the overthrow of Syrian President Bashar Assad — a regime allied to Moscow.
U.S. officers, who think the audio recordings are reliable, have supported Turkey’s position in the issue.
A Russian Maritime dispatched to rescue the pilots was also killed in the procedure. He was aboard a helicopter sent to the area to discover the downed pilots.
Officials also declared Wednesday that Russia will deploy to the area its most modern day air defense method, the S-four hundred cell anti-plane missile, which is designed to strike targets at lengthy variety.
“I hope that this, alongside with other steps that we are getting, will be adequate to make sure (the basic safety) of our flights,” Russian President Vladimir Putin explained Wednesday.