The Russian Sukhoi Su-24 warplane was downed when returning to Syria’s Hmeimim airbase, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
"The Russian Su-24 warplane was downed in Syria’s territory by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet. The objective control data analysis has shown unmistakably that Turkey’s air space was not violated," the ministry said.
The Russian plane was downed by an air-to-air missile fired by a Turkish F-16 fighter when it was at an altitude of 6,000 meters at a distance from the Turkish border. The Defense Ministry said earlier that pilots had managed to eject from the aircraft. Their whereabouts were being established.