POLITICS > Greek fire downed Turkish jet in 1996, says retired pilot


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A Turkish jet that crashed and killed a pilot in 1996 was shot down by a Greek jet, according to the retired pilot who survived the crash.
Osman Çilekli claimed that following the Greek attack, he activated the automatic pilot system, and barely had time to save himself by landing in the waters after opening his parachute.
His colleague, Capt. Nail Erdoğan, however, fell into the sea and has never been found.
Çilekli said the cause of the crash had been kept secret by the Turkish Armed Forces, according to the Medya Radar report.
"It was great shame to the Armed Forces, and that was why it was kept a secret for so long," Çilekli said. "His family was told eight years later. It is no longer a secret since President Abdullah Gül ordered the remains to be recovered. There are other secrets too," he added.
Gül’s move came shortly after research boat Nautilus was able to locate the wreckage of a Turkish reconnaissance jet believed to have been downed by Syria last month. Along with the wreckage, Nautilus located and recovered the bodies of the two reconnaissance pilots last week, giving new hope to Erdoğan’s family that their loved one’s remains will also be located and retrieved.


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Irfan ox

7/23/2012 9:27:04 PM

Greeks have the same right as any other country to protect its people and her borders. So, for all of you writing "tit for tat" stuff; please try to remove the blinders from your eyes. Also, all the sword waving opinions; your minds are outdated for the rest of us. I actually look forward to the day that Turkey and Greece can work together on most everything, including military. I know one thing we definitely have in common; corrupt politicians that are very rich!


7/23/2012 10:45:14 AM

irfan ox is very right I could not agree more. i think the media are in most cases responsible for infiltrating information and that way 'cook' the facts. In Greece we always hear about turkish violations of our airspace and about our hero-pilots that have died on duty.In Turkey you hear the opposite. If greek media told about greek violations and turkish media about turkish violations then it would be easier for anyone to form more balanced opinion and more important to stop this phenomenon

Nikos T.

7/22/2012 3:54:30 PM

In air and sea, there are international laws that both countries should comply with. The air violations is like the sea violations. Turkey threatens Greece with war (casus belli) if Greece follows the international law about 12 miles at sea. This is absolutely insane.

Spyros Savvas

7/22/2012 2:34:23 PM

Every aircraft entering an FIR has to declare a FLIGHT PLAN (this is the INTERNATIONAL LAW) , so the air traffic controlers be able to know who is flying - where is flying , for the safety of the planes and the thousands of passengers fly every day over the Aegean. Turks dont do that...! Because they are above the law! The F16 will stay on its "course" and the 747 will change altitude - rapidly - to avoid collision! Imagine a bunch of kids playing football at a busy highway when they feel so...

kerem atan

7/22/2012 11:45:44 AM

i dont think turkish and greek folks could have a problem with each other nor want a war.but i just dont approve the policies of greece .greeks are also quite obsessed with airspace violations whilst we dont hear a news about violations in turkish media. its probably coz of the warmonger greek media.if u can look up on the site of turkish armed forces (TSK) u can also find out airspace violations made by greek forces tho we never hear about them. both sides should resolve this issue together .

Spyros Savvas

7/21/2012 2:37:54 PM

Murat , to remind you the last words of Osman Cilekli "there are other secrets too...". Turkish planes entering Athens FIR with no flight plan, flying dangerously between civilian airways and civilian flights, it's a "routine"..., we dont care that much. Violating Greek airspace with intelligence pods, reading frequencies and response times, flying OVER Greek islands at low altitude / top speed - breaking windows, alarming innocent CIVILIANS... it is a HOSTILE act - deserving a HOSTILE answer...

anastasia morosini

7/21/2012 1:00:23 PM

IIRFAN OX I absolutely agree with you. It is high time we freed ourselves from an obsessive past,traumatic for both. Instead of focusing on differences (mostly fictitious) we have to rediscover and insist on what we have in common and cultivate a sincere collaboration. MURAT There is only a bunch of lunatics who "dream of taking back Constantinople and Asia Minor".Do you think that the whole country is a lunatic asylum?

Arthur Borges

7/21/2012 12:36:06 PM

I was at Reuters at the time. The news item came in saying simply that a Turk F-16 had had a flameout and that the pilot was rescued by a Greek helicopter. I remember thinking that was a little odd.


7/21/2012 12:45:58 AM

I saw a video of his daughter kissing images of her father. Why should people experience such pain? Isn't it silly to make such things come true? Poor girl..... :-/ I am honestly sorry for that family and that comes from a Greek. Do we have anything of value to say? Both sides..... Well, no we don't. May the Lord tenderly alleviate their pain. I wish I could wish for the pain to be taken away, but I know it will not. It was a bad stupid thing to happen, and it could be avoided. :-(

Irfan ox

7/20/2012 9:34:13 PM

What's a matter with some of these people on both sides that write nothing but "hate". I'm a proud Turk, but I don't wish for a war with my neighbors, especially Greece. What is in the past is exactly that, in the past. War is not solution and never will be. There are some on both sides that have narrow views and not enough heart or intellect. I would like to believe that most Greeks and Turks are past hating each other. There are differences, but we have a lot more in common!
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