In a statement issued in Ankara on Friday, the Turkish military retracted its accusations that Syrian air defence forces shot down a Turkish Air Force F-4 jet that disappeared from radar screens over the eastern Mediterranean Sea on 22 June. It said it failed to find traces of any anti-aircraft weapon at the crash site. At the time, Syria said it had shot down the plane. The controversy was over where the jet took was hit… the Syrians argued this happened in Syrian airspace, whilst the Turks insisted that the jet was destroyed over international waters. On 4 July, Turkish search teams recovered the bodies of both aircrewmen from the sea.
13 July 2012
Voice of Russia World Service