The Turkish fighter plane was in the Syrian air space for forty seconds and entered its territory by two kilometers and the Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber did not violate the Turkish state border, Colonel-General Viktor Bondarev, commander-in-chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, said on Nov. 27.
"In accordance with materials provided by air defense objective control systems, the Turkish plane was in the Syrian air space for forty seconds and it entered its territory by 2 kilometers and the Russian bomber did not violate the state border," Bondarev said.
An analysis of the video recording taken by an air situation indicator received from the command point of the Aerospace Forces and the Syrian air defense forces, "an air target mark flying at a speed of 810 km/h from the Turkish side in the direction of the state border at the course of 190 degrees was located."
"After the Turkish fighter approached the Sukhoi Su-24M at a distance equal to a missile launch range (5-7 km) - which indicates that the F-16 plane was located over the territory of the Syrian Arab republic - the fighter made a sharp maneuver to the right, diving, and disappeared from the screen of the air situation indicator," Bondarev said.
The launch of a missile from the F-16 was confirmed by the crew of the second Sukhoi Su-24 plane. After bombing the indicated target and turning left at 130 degrees, "he saw a flame and a tail of white smoke on the left, which he reported to the flight commander," Bondarev said.
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