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Ankara says downed jet was over international waters, not spying on Syria

Turkish F-4 was shot down by Assad’s forces on Friday

A Turkish pilot salutes before take-off at an air base in Konya, Turkey (photo credit: AP)
A Turkish pilot salutes before take-off at an air base in Konya, Turkey (photo credit: AP)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says a Turkish jet was downed in international airspace after it mistakenly entered Syria, but the plane was not on a spying mission.

Ahmet Davutoglu says the plane entered Syrian airspace on Friday, but quickly left when warned by Turkey.

He says the plane had no “covert mission related to Syria,” and it was purely on a training flight to test Turkey’s radar capabilities.

Davutoglu says the plane, an F-4, was shot down by Syria in “international airspace” several minutes after it left.

He spoke on state-run TRT television Sunday, two days after the downing of the jet in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Syria on Saturday insisted the shooting down of the plane was “not an attack,” and that the plane had violated its airspace.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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