Moments ago, video footage surfaced from several Turkish media pages of an alleged Russian military aircraft being shot down near the Turkish border with the Latakia Governorate of northern Syria.
Several reports indicate that the Russian military aircraft was in fact an SU-24; however, there has been no proof provided other than claims made by social media activists and foreign journalists that have no information regarding the plane crash.
According to several social media activists, the Russian fighter jet crashed in Jabal Al-Turkmen (Turkmen Mountains in northern Latakia) after the two Russian pilots ejected, parachuting their way to safety.
As of now, all of this information is considered speculative – the Russian Defense Minister stated that preliminary reports assert an SU-24 was shot down before entering Turkish airspace; there has also been no official word from the Turkish Military Command regarding this alleged act of aggression against the Russian Federation.
The Russian Air Force has violated Turkish airspace before, but they were never confronted or fired on by the Turkish Air Defense’s; moreover, this alleged assault would likely create friction between these two superpowers in the region.
Turkish social media activists have alleged that 1 of the 2 pilots have been captured by the local Turkmen population; this is also based on speculation and not backed by fact.