Reports that Syria May Have Shot Down Turkish Plane

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - There are reports that the Turkish military jet that disappeared today over the Mediterranean near Syria may have been shot down by Syrian forces.

A Hezbollah (hez-BUH'-lah) TV station in Lebanon quotes Syrian security sources as saying the plane was shot down by Syria -- which is closely allied with Hezbollah. And a Turkish newspaper, citing an unnamed Turkish official, says Syria has apologized for downing the plane. A reporter for the newspaper said both pilots had survived.

Officials have told Turkey's state-run media that crews from Syria and Turkey have been searching for the plane, an F-4 jet. It's not clear if it went down in Syrian waters.

The plane took off from a military base in southern Turkey. It's not clear if it was on a training mission.

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