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Plane believed to be Syrian crashes near border

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 3:00 AM

ISTANBUL (AP):

Turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the Syrian military crashed near the Turkey-Syria border yesterday, with the Syrian opposition telling Turkish media they shot the plane down.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that "we have information that a MIG model plane belonging to the Syrian regime" had crashed near the town of Samandag in Hatay province.

Hatay governor Erdal Ata told the state-run news agency that rescue teams had arrived at the wreckage and reported that the cockpit was empty, confirming earlier reports by local villagers who claimed to have observed the pilots ejecting.

A spokesman for the opposition military group Ahrar al-Sham, said they shot the plane down because it was bombing the countryside in the north western Syrian town of Idlib.