World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish military has said search and rescue efforts to recover the wreckage of a jet downed by Syria last Friday and its two pilots have so far turned up very little.
The General Staff said in a statement posted online on Thursday that five military ships and four search and rescue helicopters have been searching for the jet since Friday. The statement said teams have been working around the clock, but neither the pilots nor the wreckage have been located. The military added that they have only been able to find some pieces of the jet and some of the pilots' possessions.
Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Binali Yıldırım said on Tuesday that the pilots' helmets were found during search and rescue efforts, a sign that, experts say, could indicate the pilots ejected before the aircraft crashed into the water.
A Turkish jet was shot down by Syrian forces while flying solo and unarmed 13 miles off the coast of Syria in international airspace last Friday. However, Syria still maintains the aircraft was in Syrian airspace when it shot down the plane. Syria, which joined in Turkish efforts to locate the wreckage and pilots, earlier claimed that it handed the tail section of the plane over to Turkey and that it bears visible bullet holes, evidence that it was shot down by short-range weapons and thus in Syrian airspace.
Ankara wants to develop long-term, win-win business alliances based on mutual respect and equality, says Turkey's president
Cavusoglu speaks with Palestinian counterpart on the phone over developments in Jerusalem
Turkish president blasts German economy minister’s remarks 'aimed at frightening companies investing' in Turkey
Countries sign deals on energy, industry and trade
Turkish citizens arrived in Aegean resort of Bodrum after being stranded on Kos
Muslim Turks in Greece's Western Thrace region welcome promotion of new Deputy Prime Minister Hakan Cavusoglu
Premier Yildirim warns against making 'worrying statements' targeting businessmen keen on investing in Turkey
President will seek to resolve crisis among Gulf countries during visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar
Warrants also issued in capital Ankara for over 150 suspects, including 20 Forestry and Water Affairs Ministry staff
BIST 100 index drops 0.25 percent while US dollar/Turkish lira rate stands at around 3.52
Nationwide demonstrations in Turkey planned for after Friday prayers
Turkish General Staff shared details of counter-terrorism operations from July 13 to 20
Handover ceremony held at many ministries following Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday
More than 194 million vehicles used Turkey's bridges, highways in first half of 2017
March aims to commemorate young teacher killed by PKK terrorists, CHP lawmaker says
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin reiterates Turkey's expectation from Europe, US to extradite FETO members