Russian Pilot Speaks After Rescue
The Russian Pilot rescued by Russian and Syrian forces spoke out about the circumstances surrounding the downing of the SU-24 jet to Russian media. He stated that the plane was never warned by Turkey, and that they did not cross into Turkish airspace. He served as a navigator on the ill-fated mission.
— RT (@RT_com) November 25, 2015
“It’s impossible that we violated their airspace even for a second. We were flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters in completely clear weather, and I had total control of our flight path throughout.” Konstantin Murakhtin
The pilot doesn’t just say that they didn’t cross into their airspace, he claims they were not warned at all by the F-16 pilots.
“In actual fact, there were no warnings at all. Neither through the radio, nor visually, so we did not at any point adjust our course. You need to understand the difference in speed between a tactical bomber like a Su-24, and that of the F16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have sat on our wing… As it was, the missile hit the back of our plane out of nowhere. We didn’t even have time to make an evasive maneuver.” Konstantin Murakhtin
Someone is lying, or is everyone lying?
One Russian Marine was killed during the 12 hour rescue operation to get Murakhtin out of rebel territory. He is recovering at the Russian base in Latakia, Syria. The other pilot, Captain Sergey Rumyantsev, was killed by a brigade of rebel Turkmen after he parachuted out of the plane. His body was returned to Russia on November 30.
All sides of this incident have something to gain. Putin is accusing Turkey of helping ISIS by buying their illegal oil, and Erdogan is accusing Russia of violating its airspace. Which, according to other sources, it does on a regular basis. Nobody is innocent in this blame game. And with the deployment of Russian surface-to-air missiles near the Turkish border, this is about to get…interesting. Russian media can’t be trusted any more than our mainstream media. Which leaves, what?
— RT (@RT_com) November 24, 2015