‘Turkish jets gave us no warning before shooting’ – rescued pilot of downed Russian Su-24


The navigator of the Russian Su-24 shot down by a Turkish fighter jet on Tuesday insists that his plane did not cross into Turkey’s airspace, and says he was given no visual or radio warning before being fired at.  

It’s impossible that we violated their airspace even for a second,” Konstantin Murakhtin told RT and other Russian media. “We were flying at an altitude of 6,000 meters in completely clear weather, and I had total control of our flight path throughout.”

As well as denying Ankara’s assertions that the plane was in Turkey’s airspace, Murakhtin, who says he knows the mission area “like the back of my hand,” also refuted Turkish officials’ claims that the pilots were warned repeatedly.

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,” said Murakhtin, who is currently recuperating at Russia’s airbase in Latakia, northern Syria.

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.”

As the plane was hit and went down in Syria, the two pilots ejected. Captain Sergey Rumyantsev was killed, with a rebel Turkmen brigade claiming they shot him to death while he was still parachuting.

Murakhtin was extracted in a 12-hour joint operation by Russian and Syrian special forces, in which a Russian marine died.

The 39-year-old airman, who won the Top Navigator award at Russia’s biggest military flying competition last year, says he will ask to return to front-line service as soon as he is declared fit.

I must ‘pay back’ the debt for my captain,” said Murakhtin.

The incident has led to Russia accusing NATO member Turkey of a “planned provocation,” as military co-operation has been suspended between the two states. Both sides, however, have vowed to avoid further escalation, with a meeting planned between foreign ministers.

Turkey has been supporting anti-government forces in Syria since a rebellion broke out against Bashar Assad in 2011. Russia has staunchly backed Assad, and has been conducting an airstrike campaign at his request since September.

Both Russia and Turkey have condemned Islamic State, but have also accused each other of enabling its progress, with Vladimir Putin calling the downing of the Russian jet “a stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorism.”


4 thoughts on “‘Turkish jets gave us no warning before shooting’ – rescued pilot of downed Russian Su-24

  1. Can’t speak for anyone but myself, but, is anyone else sick and tired of rooting for countries other than their own during the post 9/11 years? Frankly, I’d give anything to have Putin as my president lately….

    Sickens me.

  2. Can someone explain to me how the Russian pilot did not know that an enemy heat-seeking missile had “locked on” to it?

  3. For the putin worshiping crowd. Take note:

    Ukraine conflict: Putin ally to build bridge to Crimea


    “According to the US Treasury, Arkady Rotenberg and his brother Boris provided “support to Putin’s pet projects” by receiving and executing approximately $7bn (£4.7bn) of contracts for the Sochi Olympic Games and state-controlled energy giant Gazprom, through which their personal wealth increased by $2.5bn (£1.6bn). ”

    Arkady Romanovitch Rotenberg (redmountain, like rothschild…red shield. one in the same evil.)

    from wikipedia:

    “Cofounder of SMP Bank, Head of SGM
    Net worth $1.9 billion [1]”

    “Arkady Romanovitch Rotenberg (Russian: Аркадий Романович Ротенберг, born December 15, 1951 in Leningrad) is a Russian businessman, oligarch and thief. He is co-owner (with his brother Boris Rotenberg) of the SGM (Stroygazmntazh) group, the largest construction company for gas pipelines and electrical power supply lines in Russia. He was listed by Forbes in 621st place among the world’s wealthiest persons in 2014.[1] He is considered a close confidant of president Vladimir Putin.”

    This filth was putin’s childhood friend and judo partner.

    Interestingly the ‘jews’ took over ukraine, remember?

    So, what’s really going on?


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