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Turkey Says Syria Downed Plane in International Airspace

June 24, 2012

The Turkish plane shot down by Syrian forces on June 22 was in international airspace when it was fired at, though it had entered Syrian airspace some minutes previously, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

The plane was struck about 13 miles of the Syrian coast, and crashed into the sea about 8 miles offshore, Davutoglu said on state television from Ankara today.

The jet was unarmed and conducting a test and training flight related to the country’s radar system, and was not on any mission related to Syria, Davutoglu said. Its Turkish identity was clear, he said.

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