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Ali Erton. DHA photo

Ali Erton. DHA photo

It would not be right for a country to go to war over a pilot, the father of missing pilot Capt. Gökhan Ertan said in regards to the crisis over Syria's downing of a Turkish jet. 

Ertan's father Ali Erton (Ertan changed his surname from Erton) spoke to broadcaster Samanyolu at his residence in the southeastern province of Malatya yesterday.

Turkey is not a country that would go to war because another country killed one of their pilots, according to Erton. “It is not appropriate for a country to go to war over a pilot, an airplane or 50 airplanes,” Erton said. The missing pilot’s father said he was aware of the possibility that his son could have been killed when the plane he was in was shot down by Syria. 

“What matters is that my son serves his country,” Erton said. “I am a man of faith and do not believe martyrs ever die.” 

Osman Aksoy, the father of the second missing pilot Lt. Hüseyin Aksoy, said he talked to his son on June 19, three days before the incident. “We are following the developments on television, and [Hüseyin Aksoy's] brother is keeping us informed from Malatya. We are holding our hopes high,” Aksoy told reporters at his home in Istanbul's Bağcılar district. 

“Such reconnaissance flights were done before too, [and now] our state has given that duty to my son,” Aksoy said

All options for action against Syria were on the table, including the right to military retaliation, the Turkish government said yesterday. The government has vowed to keep its rights stemming from international law reserved.

Two pilots were still missing today after an unarmed Turkish military plane conducting a test mission was shot down by Syria on June 22. Turkey claims the plane was shot down in international airspace with a laser or heat-guided missile. Syria, however, says they shot the plane down with anti-aircraft guns as the plane flew within Syrian airspace at an altitude of 100 meters. 


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Peter Panayiotou

6/28/2012 3:58:45 PM

My sympathies go to the father for his wisdom and forbearance. But why was this plane shot down? where was it? what was it doing? and what weapon shot it down? where are the answers to these questions? Mr Erdogans restrained response suggests the plane was over Syrian territory at some point. Was it armed? any warplane that enters the airspace of another country whilst armed and at a low altitude sufftcient to alarm the local population should expect trouble.

MR Somalia

6/28/2012 2:09:49 PM

Ali is brave son of an Ottoman. Yes Mr. Ali the Turkish government sacrificed your son for NATO but that doesn't mean more Turks should die for a mission which isn't their interest. Turks have their own internal issue so let Syria handle its own. Besides, relations will be damaged forever.

Hassan Mir

6/28/2012 9:53:44 AM

Dear Ali Erton, Salam, You may know the pain. My sympathies to you and your family. Imagine who are suffering such suatiations from decades, like in Palistine/iraq/Iran/Kashmir/Pakistan/Afganistan/yemen/bosnia/somalia. God bless you.


6/27/2012 11:46:04 PM

This was never only about a single or two soldiers and their lives. May they rest in peace.

mara mcglothin

6/27/2012 9:39:07 PM

Godspeed to this man and his family at this time. Yes! SAM STEVENS and STEVEN GATES Spot on!!!


6/26/2012 6:38:01 PM

Captains's Ertan fathers message reminds all of us that this is the land of those who embraced their dead enemies in Gelibolu in spite of a horrible war toll paid by the nation. Thank you Sir for your words. From very far away we are very near you and your familly.

two sides to every coin

6/26/2012 2:25:12 PM

I wonder if Erdogan has even spoken to this man, he could learn the art of diplomacy and common sense.

Chris Green

6/26/2012 1:37:30 PM

I strongly identify myself with all the previous comments here especially that of Sam Stevens.

Turk Uzan

6/26/2012 1:18:20 PM

They forgot to mention a whole nationalistic speech he gives in the interview, in which he says that the only thing he asked from his son ever was to stay loyal to his flag etc, I think this man is Kurdish, but i am not a 100% sure. This is a great example for those who talk about the PKK as if it represents all Kurds or Kurds and PKK are equal and the same.

Rimon Tree

6/26/2012 1:08:42 PM

Mr. Erton You have my deepest compassion and ma deepest admiration as well! You told the World and even your own country the difference between Islam and Islamism! You should receive the Nobel Prize for Peace instead of all those hypocritical bigheads who already have got it!
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