Tuesday morning, the Turkish Air Defense downed a Russian SU-24
fighter jet that allegedly violated Turkish airspace; this required
both pilots to eject from the aircraft above Jabal Al-Turkmen
(Turkmen Mountains) in the Latakia Governorate’s northern
the ejection from the SU-24 fighter jet by the two Russian pilots,
the Russian Air Force sent a search and rescue team via an MI-8
transport helicopter to Jabal Al-Turkmen, where they encountered
heavy resistance from the U.S. backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and
their allies from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”
near the Turkish border (4km south).
the Russian search and rescue team approached the location of the two
ejected pilots, their MI-8 transport helicopter came under heavy fire
from the Islamist rebel forces, resulting in material damage to the
not long after shelling and firing repeated rounds of anti-aircraft
gunfire at the MI-8 transport helicopter, the U.S. backed Islamist
rebels from the Free Syrian Army’s “1st Coastal Brigade”
fired a U.S. manufactured anti-tank TOW missile towards the chopper,
downing the search and rescue team near the SU-24’s crash site.
soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army’s 103rd Brigade were not
far from the crash site; this allowed them to rescue the crew members
that survived the crash landing after bypassing the Islamist rebel
frontlines in Jabal Al-Turkmen.