Both pilots of Russian Su-24, shot down by Turkish Air Force today for the intrusion into the airspace, are alive and held captive by Syrian rebels.
“At present, efforts are being made to secure their release,” – CNN Turkey reported.
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Turkish media also reported that the pilots are alive and in the hands of the Syrians. Russian pilots will soon be delivered to Turkey.
In turn, Russian source Vesti.ru report that one of the pilot was killed after ejection.
“According to preliminary data, one one of the pilots was killed in the air after shooting from the ground, “- said the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy.
Earlier, Syrian rebels said they killed two Russian pilots, who ejected from downed Su-24 in Syria.