A Russian jet ditched a missile as it fled Georgian airspace, a source close to the Georgian investigation told Reuters on Wednesday.
The source said the pilot of the Russian aircraft jettisoned the missile after coming under fire from separatist forces on the ground in South Ossetia, a Moscow-backed breakaway region of Georgia, in an apparent mix up.
"We have the first results of the investigation, according to which (South) Ossetian forces fired a Strela (shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile) at the fighter jet which had flown from Russia to Georgia.
"The pilot of the fighter jet decided to get rid of a guided missile he had on board," said the source, who did not want to be identified. "He did not shoot it but jettisoned it. That explains why the missile did not explode."
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