Injured pilot of Syrian crashed jet found in southern Turkey

Injured pilot of Syrian crashed jet found in southern Turkey

ANKARA, March 5 (PNA/Xinhua) — Turkish rescue team on Sunday morning found the injured pilot of crashed fighter jet in southern Hatay province of Turkey after a nine-hour search, local Hurriyet reported.

Late Saturday, a fighter jet from Syria crashed near the village of Yaylacik in central Antakya, 35 kilometers from the Syrian border. The pilot escaped after ejecting safely.

Turkish gendarmerie and paramedic teams reached the wreckage of the aircraft, but the cockpit was empty, according to Erdal Ata, the governor of Hatay.

The pilot was found exhausted, 40 km from the wreckage of the jet on early Sunday.

The Syrian national, who was not identified,was quickly taken to Hatay State Hospital, the report said.

A Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham has claimed in a statement that it shot down a aircraft belonging to the Syrian government on Saturday.

The plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces, said the group. (PNA/Xinhua)
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