Turkish F-16 fighter crashes near Syria, killing pilot

Turkish F16 fighter jet seen here in Ankara The F16 jet was reportedly on an operational mission from its base in northern Turkey

Related Stories

The pilot of a Turkish F-16 fighter jet has been found dead after the aircraft crashed near Turkey's border with Syria, reports say.

The plane was flying over the Amanos Mountains in the southern province of Osmaniye on Monday when it lost radio contact, Anatolia news agency said.

The pilot reportedly sent a message saying "I'm jumping" before contact was lost.

Rescuers found his body near to the wreckage of the aircraft.

Loud bang

Osmaniye Governor Celalettin Cerrah had earlier announced that a cockpit window and some other pieces of the aircraft had been found in the Caksir area.

Map showing Turkish town of Osmaniye on border with Syria

The jet, which is based at the 5th Main Jet Command in the northern province of Amasya, had been performing an operational flight.

The Turkish military said it had lost touch with the aircraft at 14:15 local time (11:15 GMT).

People living around the village of Yarpuz, about 25km (16 miles) north of the Syrian border, said that they had heard a loud bang like an explosion, according to local media

A Turkish fighter jet was shot down by Syria over the Mediterranean in June 2012, after Syrian forces said it had entered the country's airspace.

It was not immediately clear what caused Monday's crash.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More Middle East stories


Features & Analysis

  • Man holding lipWitch hunt

    The country where a writer accused of blasphemy must run

  • Espresso cupNews quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?

  • A woman's stomach with the words "I love IDF"'War porn'?

    Support - and disdain - for women posting sexy selfies for the IDF

  • Malaysian plane wreckage in UkraineFlight risk

    How odd is it to have three plane crashes in eight days?

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views


  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.