- Turkey sends armored vehicles to northern Aleppo amid escalating tensions with Kurdish forces
- Syrian Army fully secures Palmyra Airport after intense clashes with ISIS
- Turkish-backed rebels capture two more Syrian soldiers near Al-Bab
- تدمر وما بعد تدمر… على طريق التحرير!؟
- الجيش يستعيد 15 قرية وبلدة في ريف حلب الشمالي الشرقي ويقضي على أكثر من 48 إرهابيا من تنظيمي “داعش” وجبهة النصرة بريفي حماة وإدلب
- العماد الفريج يزور مدينة تدمر ويقوم بجولة ميدانية على وحدات الجيش العاملة في ريف حمص الشرقي
- مواجهات دامية بين “البيشمركة” و “وحدات الحماية” الكردية بريف الحسكة الشرقي
- الجيش يستعيد مناطق من “تحرير الشام” غرب حلب
Sunday, 5 March 2017
BREAKING: Engine failure forces Syrian pilot to crash on Turkish territory
By Chris Tomson – 04/03/2017
Moments ago, several Islamist factions claimed to have shot down a
MiG-21 MiG-23 fighter jet in the northern countryside of Idlib.
Ahrar al-Sham said one of its anti-aircraft units shot down the warplane utilizing a homemade Manpad system known as ‘Olive one’.
Upon enquiring with a military source based in Damascus, it was confirmed to Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) had indeed lost contact to a low-flying plane during sorties in Idlib province.
The source also stressed that the
MiG-21 MiG-23 was not shot down but rather suffered from technical difficulties that caused the warplane to rapidly drop in altitude.
A leaked conversation obtained by Al-Masdar News between the pilot and aerial command center revealed that radar issues had caused the plane to be unable to turn back.
Remarkably, the Syrian pilot managed to not only eject from the fighter jet but also landed inside Turkey at Hatay province. He is believed to be in Turkish custody.
Islamist militants based in Idlib have previously executed numerous Syrian and Russian pilots once their jets were downed over the rebel-held areas.
Another photograph from this evening: