Turkey said on Friday it had lost
contact with a military aircraft while it was over the sea off the southeastern
province of Hatay, which borders Syria.
CNN Turk television said the aircraft
had crashed in Syria. There was no immediate official confirmation of that
In a statement, Turkey's military said a
search and rescue operation was underway after it lost radar and radio contact
with the plane after it took off from Erhac Airport in the eastern province of
Lebanon’s Hezbollah al-Manar TV, quoting Syrian
security sources: Turkish jet shot down by Syrian air defenses.