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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Turkey finds shot-down pilots' bodies

Turkey has found the bodies of the two pilots whose plane was shot down by a Syrian missile two weeks ago.
The military has been searching for the pilots and this week brought in a specialized ship to recover the wreckage of their plane, some 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) underwater.

It named the pilots as Air Force Captain Gokhan Ertan and Air Force Lieutenant Hasan Huseyin Aksoy. The military did not specify where the bodies were found, but there has been no report that the pilots ejected from the plane.

Turkey has heightened military activity along its border with Syria since the incident and scrambled F-16 fighter jets on three consecutive days in the past week after it spotted Syrian transport helicopters flying near the Turkish border.

Ankara has said the shooting down would not go "unpunished" and summoned a meeting of its NATO allies shortly after the incident, but it has not retaliated. Both Syria and Turkey have said they do not want the incident to lead to an armed conflict.
YNet notes that the bodies have not yet been recovered.
Turkey's armed forces command said on Wednesday it had found the bodies of both pilots of an F-4 jet shot down by Syria last month and was trying to retrieve them from the seabed.
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At 12:58 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

When they 'recover' the bodies, Turkey will of course claim they have proof that Jews drank their blood.

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I thought I saw this earlier:

US guy in US NOAA ship, contracted to the Turkish govt because they happened to be there on another project, found them.



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