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TCG Çeşme (A-559) ship arrives in the
south to join search for downed plane. DHA photo

TCG Çeşme (A-559) ship arrives in the south to join search for downed plane. DHA photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Syria has returned some minor parts of the jet it shot down to Turkey, but the parts do not provide any useful information about how the plane was downed. The part Syria delivered was not the tail, as Syria had claimed, but another small part which did not show any indication of bullet holes.

“The basic information for us is not those parts, but radar data,” a Turkish official told the Hürriyet Daily News yesterday. Ankara is not optimistic about finding the wreckage of the plane, since the depth is too great, according to military and technical experts. “There is a question mark whether it will even be possible to go down that deep,” the official said.

Turkey’s Naval Forces’ TCG Ceşme (A-599) boat for hydrographical and oceanographical searches has arrived in the area where Turkey’s RF-4E Phantom was shot down by Syria. The boat started to search to find the exact location of the wreckage. Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi said they had presented a part of the Turkish F-4 plane with bullet holes in it to Turkey – thus proving that the plane had not been shot down by a rocket.

Turkish officials said the jet had been flying 200 feet over the sea for a short while for radar tests but had then climbed to higher levels before it was shot down. Officials said the plane could not have been shot down by an antiaircraft weapon, since the plane was shot 13 miles away and downed eight miles from the Syrian shore. According to Turkey’s action plan on the crisis, after informing the international community, Turkey will continue to show restraint, but will not keep a low profile responding to any violation by Syria of Turkish borders.

Ankara brought the case to NATO in yesterday’s permanent representatives’ meeting in Brussels, but did not raise invoking Article 5 of the alliance, which calls for a military response. Turkey has not asked for any defense support from the alliance’s capabilities so far, the official said. The United States and Britain may also carry the case to the U.N. Security Council’s agenda.


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Chas Spencer

6/27/2012 3:38:40 PM

@Eric-A jet aircraft is finelly balanced and tuned piece of mequipmment operating under great stress. Any imballance in the Compressor Blades will cause it to explode and tear apart. Any Airframe damage might teat the Aircraft apart, there are many factors that may cause a "Stall" Few years back, a floco of wild geese caused an Airline to stall over Metro Area of NYC.The experinced Pilot was able to glide and bring the loaded plane to land in Hudson River saving all Passengers. A Hero no doubt!

Chas Spencer

6/27/2012 3:15:01 PM

All those claims and accusations, so far are suppositions or grandstanding for political reasons. Just let us assume that the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 100 meters, then I'm willing to buy the Syrian version that it was brought down by ordinary AA gunery, a extremelly lucky shot! If Naval ships of Russia had a hand in it, their Deep Sea Divers, in Syrian Terretorial Waters must have by now obliterated all evidence of their involvement. We will never know!

Rimon Tree

6/27/2012 2:35:39 PM

@ Eric It did not explodet, it broke touching water in high speed! A missile would not leave one single small piece and certainly not boots or helmets or shoes undamaged.

Eric Martin

6/27/2012 11:23:51 AM

How does a plane explode from bullets? Both pilots failed to eject also with zero radio communication. Had to be a rocket.

sam stevens

6/27/2012 10:26:16 AM

I think Turkey has a cheek to call on Nato, when its breaking clause 4 [c] of the alliance ,on assisting the arms smuggling to rebels in Syria who are not an official body,Erdogan has denied this is happening but news outlets around the world know it to be true, how can anything coming out of Turkey be believed ? Knowing this does not augur well for a warplane flying into Syrian air space.

Arthur Borges

6/27/2012 9:37:46 AM

Max AA range for systems available to Syria seem to be 2.5 to 4 km. My favourite explain is that the Russian warship actually did it. I don't see any ship's captain letting anybody fly fast and low inside his defence perimeter.

Rimon Tree

6/27/2012 9:33:29 AM

What kind of nonsense is that? Why are they "combing" the area they claim it was shot down, when everybody knows it went down within the Syrian waters? Why don't they show any footage of the parts handed over by Syria or any recordings of the alleged radar and radio communications? I don't believe one word coming out of the mouth of some government member! You can lie for a while and to a lot people, but you cannot lie forever to all people.

Tevfik Alp

6/27/2012 6:05:47 AM

Technology and know how is available to salvage the a wreckage or the remnants from the bottom of the ocean. I am sure it could be implemented for the same case.


6/27/2012 1:32:03 AM

No AA can reach 10 miles to take out a plane. The black box contains very valuable information about the Russian radar, someone will find a way to get that up from those depths.
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