Media sources confirmed that the Syrian anti-aircraft guns shot down a Turkish military jet in the sea off Ras Al-Baseet, and hit another.
Turkish state television said Friday that one of its air force military jets crashed in the Syrian territorial waters, while Turkish authorities announced it had lost contact with the F4 fighter when it was flying over the sea near the south eastern shores of the country.
Turkey Defense Ministry stated that two pilots were aboard the Turkish fighter, pointing to the start of search and rescue operations in the place.
CNN channel announced as well that the pilots were found alive in the Mediterranean Sea at a distance of 8 miles from the Syrian waters. However, any official source didn’t confirm the news.
While traveling back from a visit in Brazil, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a crisis meeting in Ankara after the fighter disappearance.
Anatolia news agency reported that Chief of Staff Gen. Necdet Ozil, Interior Minister Idriss Naeem Shahin, Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu, Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan will join the meeting.
Earlier on Friday, Turkish General Staff has announced it had lost contact with the fighter jet "F-4", which took off from the "Aarkhach" air base in the province of Malatya southeast Turkey, and disappeared from radar monitors about 12:00 pm local time over the Mediterranean Sea south-east of Khatay region adjacent to the Syrian border.
The source said on its online website that the search did not give any result yet.
For its part, Lebanese Al-Jadeed network reported that the fighter took off from its air base at 10.30 am, and that contact has been lost after an hour and a half, which raises the possibility that it has been crashed.
Turkish military helicopters went immediately to the place and start search and rescue efforts.