Turkish F-16 jets follow Russian jet along coast

A Russian IL-20 reconnaissance jet flew along Turkey's Black Sea coast before being intercepted.

Turkish F-16 jets follow Russian jet along coast

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets followed a Russian reconnaissance plane that was flying parallel to the Turkish coast in international airspace.

The General Staff said on its website Tuesday that an IL-20 type reconnaissance jet had flown near Turkey's Black Sea coastline and the Turkish Air Force responded by sending two F-16 fighter jets to intercept it.

In other action, two F-16s were scrambled and directed toward the border region after a Syrian MI-8 helicopter approached Turkey's airspace.

The Syrian aircraft left the area without violating Turkish airspace.

Turkish F-16 jets were performing routine combat air patrol on the Turkey-Syria border over Hatay, a city on Turkey's southern border, which abuts Syria.

Tensions in the area have remained high since Turkish forces shot down a Syrian warplane for entering its airspace on March 23

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Nisan 2014, 15:14