According to Turkish officials they apparently warned the pilots ten times that the jet was in Turkish airspace. The Russian MOD claim that the jet was in Syrian airspace at all times and shot down from the ground.
Russian MOD news release (24 Nov 2015): ‘Today an aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic crashed on the territory of Syria supposedly shot down from the ground.
The aircraft was flying at the altitude of 6000 metres. The status of the Russian pilots is being defined.
According to the preliminary data, the pilots managed to eject from the warplane.
The circumstances of the crash are being defined.
During all the flight time, the aircraft was flying only within the borders of the Syrian territory. That was registered by objective monitoring data.’
It is still unclear if the jet was shot down from the air or ground, Turkey claims the jet was shot down by two F16’s and both pilots ejected. The jet reportedly came down on the Syrian side of the border in the Latakia area.
According to a Turkmen group (possibly the Western deemed moderate pro opposition group Sultan Murad brigade), one pilot has allegedly been captured and they are looking for the second but their status is still unconfirmed.
The alleged Turkmen group that has captured one of the Russian pilots has not been confirmed as yet but a number of groups are known to operate in Syria.
See previous post on The WIDER View highlighting the inevitability of Russian servicemen being captured below:
Interestingly the Todays Zaman (a Turkish news outlet) reported two days ago that Syrian Turkmens have asked for Turkeys help regarding Syrian government and Russian airstrikes in Latakia, after forcing many to flee towards the Turkish border.
- Todays Zaman article (22 Nov 2015) – Syrian Turkmens ask for Turkey’s help under heavy bombardment by Assad, Russia:
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According to the Independent, Russian and Turkish helicopters have been dispatched to search for the pilots.
First Images released of Russian pilots of jet allegedly shot down over Syria taken from Green lemon twitter page. Currently one pilot is reportedly dead, one alive.
The opposition group that has located the Russian pilots is still to be confirmed. It also remains to be seen what will happen if a Russian rescue team locates the opposition group that has located the Russian pilots.
It appears to be the opposition group 10th Coastal Brigade that has located the Russian pilots. According to a commander of the 10th Coastal Brigade, Abu Ibrahim al Sheghri, operating in Latakia Rif, the Russian pilots were machine gunned as they descended after engaging parachutes.
It is unclear still if this means both pilots are dead or if one is still alive as previously reported.
Logo of the 10th Coastal Brigade/Division below:
Turkey have released a map allegedly showing the downed Russian SU24 crossing the southern tip of Turkey. Independent confirmation is required however, if it did, it remains to be seen if Turkish jets shot down the Russian jet while in Turkish airspace or after it had left Turkish airspace.
A video has emerged of the Russian pilots allegedly being shot at from the opposition group as they parachute down as stated by the 10th Coastal Brigade/Division commander earlier today.
- Liveleak video link (24 Nov 2015) –Footage emerges of alleged killing of two Russian pilots by Turkmen gunfire:
An alleged image of one of the Russian pilots has also emerged, no name given as yet and no confirmation that this is one of the pilots killed today.
Two more images emerge from Stork twitter page of alleged pilots killed today in Syria, still no names confirmed as yet.
1st Coastal Division (not 10th Coastal Brigade/Division that allegedly shot at the parachuting pilots ) youtube page releases a short video of the Russian jet falling to earth, clearly this group was in the location of the downed jet.
Logo of the 1st Coastal Division below:
The video description is translated from the original.
- Youtube video 1st Coastal Division (24 Nov 2015) – Witness the fall of the Russian war plane and ignition over Jeb (Jebel Turkman):
The 1st Coastal Division has released a video showing a TOW missile strike on a helicopter that has landed, allegedly near the SU24 crash site and presumably searching for the Russian pilots.
- Youtube video RT (24 Nov 2015) – FSA video claims Russian helicopter hit with US-made TOW missile near Su-24 crash site:
UPDATE 25 November 2015:
Main stream media of Russian and Western outlets report that one pilot allegedly survived and was picked up by the Syrian Arab Army.
The pilot claims that Turkish military did not send warning prior to the attack that led the two Russian pilots to eject.
One of the pilots was subsequently killed by Western deemed moderate group the 1st Coastal Division and armed with US TOW missiles following rigorous CIA vetting procedures.
The same group, that on the same day, released a video showing the capture of a watch tower in the Jabal/Jebel Turkman area, Latakia along with Jabhat al Nusrah (al Qaeda in Syria) that released images of the same tower captured by them on the same day.
See link below of the important post by The WIDER View on the 24 November 2015 regarding this cooperation:
UPDATE 28 November 2015:
The deceased Russian pilot has been confirmed as Lt Colonel Oleg Peshkov, he died after being machine gunned by the Western deemed moderate democratic group the 1st Coastal Division as he parachuted to the ground.
The surviving Russian pilot has been confirmed as Captain Konstantin Murakhtin. He insists the Turkish military did no give prior warning to the attack and that the Russian SU24 did not leave Syrian airspace: ‘not even for a second’.
He also added that ‘Someone has to pay for the death of the commander.’
‘There were no warnings, either by radio or visually. There was no contact whatsoever.’
Turkey insists it did warn the Russian jet and released an alleged audio recording telling the jet to turn away.
Previous images released on twitter following the incident appear to be false and confirmed images of the two pilots are found below:
Lt Colonel Oleg Peshkov (deceased):
Image of Captain Konstantin Murakhtin (alive):
The alleged deputy commander of the 1st Coastal Division Alpaslan Celik claimed the group shot dead both Russian pilots as they parachuted to the ground.
- Youtube video Reuters (24 Nov 2015) – Turkmen says his forces killed two Russian pilots:
This was before confirmation that one pilot had been killed and one survived having been located by the Syrian Arab Army and associated militias.
UPDATE 30 November 2015:
Alleged Commander of the 1st Coastal Division, Captain Mohammad Haj Ali. Image taken from the RFS (Revolutionary Forces of Syria) Media Office website:
RFS (Revolutionary Forces of Syria) Media Office Infographic of the alleged 1st Coastal Division below and the units within its grouping: