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Bodies of pilots of Turkish F4 jet downed by Syria located


July 4, 2012 - Ankara

The bodies of the two pilots of the F4 Phantom jet that was downed by Syria on June 22 are reported to have been located by the Turkish armed forces in the Mediterranean. The bodies of the Air Force Captain Gokhan Ertan and Air Force Lieutenant Hasan Huseyin Aksoy are reported to have been located and that efforts are on to recover them from the seabed.

The jet was downed by Syria after it was reported to have entered into the Syrian airspace as a self-defense measure. Turkey however said that the entry was accidental and that the jet was downed in the international airspace. The downing of the jet has brought down the relations between Turkey and Syria to a new low. Turkey said that the jet has indeed entered into the Syrian airspace for few minutes but that was purely accidently and blamed Syria that the jet was downed in the international airspace.

It was reported earlier that Turkey warned of possible military retaliation if Syrian forces approach near its southern border. Turkish President Abdullah Gul said his country will do all that is required in the jet incident. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that their action will be a "decisive" one and will be carried out with "determination".

Few days after the incident, Syria came back and said that downing the plane was an accident and that it was believed to be an 'unidentifiable object' and realized it to be a Turkish F-4 jet late.

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