NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015, 4:36 AM
Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday night near the Syrian border, forcing its pilots to parachute out as civilians filmed the destruction, officials said.
Officials said the Su-24 plane was shot down because it violated airspace restructions, and the pilots ignored 10 warnings in five minutes about the breach.
Russia has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria for weeks. Its Defense Ministry said it is investigating the crash wanted “to stress that the plane was over the Syrian territory throughout the flight.” The plane reportedly went down in a mountainous region in the province of Latakia.
Soon after the shooting, social media users posted footage of the destruction, showing two pilots parachuting from the jet before it crashes. One user, who describes himself as a journalist in the Middle East, posted a video purportedly showing the plane plunging as a person on the ground chants “Allahu Akbar.”
The condition of the pilots is unknown.
With News Wire Services