Turkey Locates Fighter Jet Shot Down By Syria

Bodies Found After Turkish Jet Shot Down

The location of the Turkish fighter jet shot down by Syria has been reportedly found in Syrian waters.

Turkey knows the coordinates of the wreckage on the seabed but search and rescue teams have not yet found the aircraft as was earlier reported by Turkish media, said a foreign ministry spokesman.

The search continues for the jet's two pilots.

It comes as Nato agreed to a request from Turkey for a meeting of member states on Tuesday to discuss its response to the shooting.

Earlier, Turkey's foreign minister claimed the plane was hit without warning in international airspace.

Ahmet Davutoglu said the F-4 Phantom jet momentarily strayed into Syrian airspace, but was not on a spying mission.

He said the plane was unarmed and had no "covert mission related to Syria," and was on a training flight to test Turkey's radar capabilities.

Syria has said its action was "not an attack" and it took down the plane because it violated its airspace and was flying well inside the country's territorial waters.

While Mr Davutoglu admitted the plane had entered Syrian airspace by mistake, he asserted it was shot down in "international airspace" several minutes after it left, and without warning.

Mr Davutoglu told state-run TRT television: "According to our conclusions, our plane was shot down in international airspace, 13 nautical miles from Syria.

"The plane did not show any sign of hostility toward Syria and was shot down about 15 minutes after having momentarily violated Syrian airspace.

The minister said that there was no warning from Syria before it shot down the plane, adding: "The Syrians knew full well that it was a Turkish military plane and the nature of its mission."

Tensions have been growing between the neighbouring countries since the incident on Friday with the international community urging both nations to exercise restraint.

Mr Davutoglu said he would present the incident formally to the Nato military alliance under article four of its founding treaty.

The article provides for states to "consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened".

It stops short of the explicit mention of possible armed responses cited in article five.

Turkey has taken in more than 30,000 refugees who have fled the violence in Syria and the year-long uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague condemned Syria's shooting down of the plane as "an outrageous act".

�?�"This deplorable incident underlines the urgent need to find a solution to the current crisis in Syria in order to bring an end to the violence and to achieve a genuine political transition," he said.

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