Turkish army releases audio of warnings to downed Russian plane

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey.

A Turkish F-16 fighter jet takes off from Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey.


The Turkish army released a series of audio recordings on Wednesday of what it said were the warnings directed at a Russian jet before it was shot down by Turkish war planes, AFP reported.

“This is Turkish Air Force speaking on guard. You are approaching Turkish airspace. Change your heading south immediately,” a voice in one of the recordings can be heard saying.

Earlier on Wednesday, Al Arabiya News obtained the recordings that were made available by a pilot who was flying a commercial carrier in the same airspace where the incident took place.

The surviving pilot of the Su-24 bomber shot down on Tuesday said earlier that no warning had been given and the aircraft did not violate the Turkish air space, although Turkey insists that it gave 10 warnings in five minutes.

Turkey says its F-16 jets shot down the Russian plane under its rules of engagement, while Moscow says the act was a “planned provocation.”

The downing has threatened ties between two major rival players in the Syrian war and raised fears it could escalate into a wider geopolitical conflict.


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