MOSCOW (AP) – Russia is denying that one of its warplanes shot down by Turkey crossed the Syrian border into Turkish airspace.
Russia’s Defense Ministry insists that the plane was over Syrian territory when it was downed by artillery fire. Turkey says its F-16s fired on the Russian plane after it ignored several warnings.
Russian officials say the pilots parachuted but they’ve had no further contact with them.
A spokesman for a rebel group that captured a Russian pilot whose plane was shot down over northwestern Syria says he was dead upon landing.
Jahed Ahmad of the 10th Brigade in the Coast tells The Associated Press that the two Russian crew members tried to land in their parachutes in government-held areas after they ejected, but came under fire from members of his group.
He adds that rebels shot one of the pilots, who landed dead on the ground on Tuesday. The fate of the second pilot was not immediately known.
The group released a video showing gunmen standing around a blond pilot whose face was bruised and appeared dead.
NATO is planning to hold emergency meeting in Brussels on downing of Russian plane by Turkey.
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