F-16 jets belonging to Turkey’s Air Force shot down a Syrian aircraft on Saturday which reportedly breached the Turkish border.
The Syrian aircraft was shot using two missiles fired by F-16 jets that took off from the southern province of Adana upon the violation notification. The remains of the under question aircraft fell on the Syrian side of the border after being shot, Turkish media reported.
Local witnesses also said a major explosion occurred after the hit and the Syrian aircraft splintered into three pieces. In addition, they said the aircraft had violated the border twice in the Dursunlu-Emek area.
Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) officials released a statement corroborating the reports that a Syrian aircraft had violated the border in the Altınozu, Defne and Yayladagı districts of the Hatay province which neighbors Syria to the west.
“Investigation has been launched and the results will determine if it was a plane, helicopter or a different kind of aircraft,” the TAF said.
In June 2012, A Turkish RF-4E Phantom jet belonging to the TAF was downed by Syrian regime forces without any warning despite the fact that it was unarmed and was on exploration duty citing border breaches, killing the two Turkish pilots inside whose remains were later found on July 5 in the Mediterranean Sea.