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London - A navigator from the Russian jet downed by Turkey pledged on Wednesday night to keep flying missions over Syria ‘to pay back’ those who killed his commander.
Captain Konstantin Murakhtin spoke for the first time after he was rescued by special forces in a daring 12-hour mission behind enemy lines.
Pic: Daily Mail
Pic: Disclose TV
His Su-24 jet was blitzed out of the sky by two Turkish warplanes on Tuesday, before he was shot at by Turkmen rebels as he parachuted to the ground. His comrade Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was killed by machine-gun fire after ejecting from the plane.
His dead body was surrounded by rebels chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’ - Arabic for ‘God is great’. Captain Murakhtin managed to avoid the shots and upon landing fled from the rebels. He spent the rest of the day changing position and hiding in a forest by the Turkey-Syria border. When night fell, he used his emergency radio beacon to let the Russians military know he was alive and give them his location.
An 18-man Syrian special forces team, with six members of an elite Hezbollah unit, ‘penetrated terrorist-held areas’ and worked throughout the night to find him, it was said.
Russian special forces were also said to have been involved in the operation, which returned Captain Murakhtin ‘alive and well’ to the Russian Hemeimeem air base in Syria, where he received medical attention.
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Speaking from the base, 30 miles from the border, he said: ‘There was no warning by radio exchange nor visually. There was no contact at all. The Turks did not get in touch with us.’
The Turkish government said they sent ten warnings in five minutes.
Captain Murakhtin added: ‘We were flying at about 6,000-metre [19,700ft] altitude. The weather was sunny … All the flight before the moment when the missile exploded was completely under my control. I could clearly see with the map and visually where the borders were and where we were.’ He claimed there ‘wasn’t even a threat of entering Turkish airspace’ because the crew knew the region ‘like the back of their hand’.
‘If they wanted to warn us, they could have showed themselves by flying at a parallel course,’ he added.
‘But there was nothing - and the missile hit the tail of our plane all of a sudden. We didn’t see it visually to have enough time to do an anti- missile manoeuvre.’
Captain Murakhtin is appealing to his commanders to allow him to remain in Syria. He said: ‘I can’t to return [to flying] … I have a debt to repay to the commander.’ The airman told Russian TV that he wanted to keep flying missions from the base to ‘pay them back for my commander’.
Well he is a pilot so suppose he could fly........
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
How is he going to get revenge from Siberia?
In what is a prime example of twisted logic, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia against using its ultra-modern S-400 air defense system to shoot down Turkish fighter jets if they violate Syrian airspace just days after Ankara brought down a Russian Su-24 bomber.
originally posted by: OrionHunterX
And here's more. Things are getting pretty messy.....
Nuclear War Over Turkey Shooting Down Russian Jet ‘Likely’ – Russia’s Top Defense Analyst
originally posted by: AmericanRealist
All Aircraft not invited by the official government will be shot down for violation of sovereignty." Its not as the S-400 just showed up to look pretty.