Syrian pilot whose plane crashed in Turkey says aircraft shot down

Syrians return to their home after Al Bab town centre has been entirely freed from Daesh extremists as part of the ‘Euphrates Shield’ operation in Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday (Anadolu Agency photo)

ISTANBUL — A Syrian air force pilot, who bailed out as his warplane crashed on Turkish territory, told a Turkish rescue team his MiG-23 had been shot down, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

The 56-year-old pilot was identified as Mehmet Sufhan, and medical staff said he was not in critical condition despite some fractures in his spine. He is being treated at a hospital in the Hatay region, a hospital spokeswoman said on Sunday.

In an initial statement to Turkish authorities, Sufhan said his aircraft was shot down on its way to strike rural areas near Idlib in northern Syria, Anadolu reported. He said he had taken off from Latakia in Syria.

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Source: News Now/ Reuters News Agency/ The Jordan Times

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