World Bulletin / News Desk
A Turkish military reconnaissance plane which crashed last June in international waters over the Mediterranean was hit by a surface-to-air missile, according to findings of a Turkish forensic team investigating the incident.
A military prosecutor with the Turkish General Staff said Wednesday that the forensic team had found no sign of of anti-aircraft gun round impact on the rudder of the RF-4 plane -- a finding that invalidates the Syrian claims that the plane was shot down by anti-aircraft gun fire -- and that the examination of the radar warning receiver of the plane had shown that it had received a missile signal prior to the crash.
The prosecutor said the forensic team found particles of potassium-chlorate, a compound typical of chemicals used in war heads and in missile fuel as oxidizer.
The prosecutor also said there was no sign that the plane could have experienced some technical fault that might have caused it to go down.
"The bottomline is that the investigation suggests that our plane was downed by blast impact from a Syria-fired missile on the left rear side of the aircraft," the military prosecutor said.
The Turkish plane was downed on June 22 nearly nine nautical miles off coast of Syria. Bodies of the two pilots of the jet were found on July 4 at a depth of 1,260 metres near the wreckage of the jet which had broken up into pieces.
The first major museum in Turkey dedicated to toys has recently added to its collection a toy, which was produced in the United States in 1914 as a single toy for Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" character.
Ahmet Davutogly will meet with Ban Ki-Moon next week.
Erhan Tuncel, the suspected mastermind behind the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has been released.
Crew rescued by coastguard after water floods engine room.
Deputy PM Bulent Arinc said investigations have revealed the surveillance of tens of thousands of people.
The Russian plane remained in international airspace, according to a statement on the website of the military General Staff
It will be the first time Turkey's head of state is elected by the voters and not by the parliament following a change of the constitution
A Turkish court has ordered the release of former Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug.
The Turkish NGO appealed to International Criminal Court for fair result in the ongoing Mavi Marmara case against Israel.
Ocalan's supporters see the vote as a make-or-break moment for stalled peace talks aimed at ending 30 years of conflict
Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will back Crimean Tatars to protect their rights amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Abdullah Gul told reporters under a recently passed law authorities could block access to material on such sites if a person's privacy is violated.
One of the unique services of Turkish Airlines: 'Sky Library' application.
According to findings, 257,454 people had their phones tapped in 2012 and 252,063 had their phones tapped in 2013, totalling 509,516 people over the two year period.
Britain’s former Foreign Secretary David Miliband says Turkey deserves applause in receiving Syrian refugees fleeing the violence in their country.
Turkish Airlines increased number of passengers by a quarter in 2013.