A Turkish government official told AFP: "We are tying to identify the nationality of the plane."
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Turkey on Tuesday shot down a military plane on the Syrian border, local media reported, citing military sources. Reuters reports that Habertürk TV has shown footage showing a jet in flames. Habertürk TV reporter on the scene said that the aircraft “turned into a fireball.”
Turkey shot down a Russian made MIG-23 fighter Jet in Syria. It is unknown whether the aircraft belongs to Russia or Assad. Turkey has also called-in NATO.
According to Reuters sources, a Turkish military official said that the downed jet was warned before being shot down.
Confirmation of Russian fighter jet
A warplane shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border was Russian, the Turkish presidency said, adding the aircraft had violated Turkish airspace.
"A Russian Su-24 plane was downed under the rules of engagement because it violated the Turkish air space despite the warnings," the presidency said.
After the fighter jet failed to comply two F-16's were deployed to shoot down the aircraft.
Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar briefed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan about the situation following the crash.
Akar along with Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioğlu also briefed Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.