Turkish military releases audio of ‘warning’ to downed Russia jet

Turkish military releases audio of ‘warning’ to downed Russia jet

Written by Staff Writer

26 Nov, 2015 | 11:47 am

The Turkish military has released an audio recording of what it says were warnings to a Russian warplane before it was shot down on the Syrian border.

A voice on the Turkish recording can be heard saying “change your heading”. But Konstantin Murakhtin, a navigator who was rescued in a joint operation by Syrian and Russian commandos, told Russian media: “There were no warnings, either by radio or visually. There was no contact whatsoever.”

He also denied entering Turkish airspace. “I could see perfectly on the map and on the ground where the border was and where we were. There was no danger of entering Turkey,” he said.

Turkey said it had tried to rescue the SU-24 bomber’s two pilots.

One of them was killed by gunfire as he parachuted from the burning plane while the other pilot was rescued. He denied claims the jet had violated Turkish airspace and warnings had been given.

The plane crashed into a mountainside on Syrian soil after being hit by a missile from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet on Tuesday.

Meanwhile tensions have arisen between the two countries over the incident, with Russian President Vladimir Putin describing it as a “stab in the back” and warning of “serious consequences”.

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