An aircraft reportedly shot down by a Syrian opposition group has crashed in Turkey’s southern Hatay province on Saturday.
Governor of Hatay province Erdal Ata said he had received reports claiming a plane crash near the village of Yaylacık in central Antakya.
“We think the plane belongs to Syria,” Ata said, confirming no Turkish Armed Forces nor civil aviation flight was scheduled in the area.
The governor also said the plane may have crashed on Syrian land.
According to a senior Turkish military official, there was only one pilot on board and he is thought to be ejected from the plane while on Syrian land.
Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition has said that they shot down a plane belonging to the regime.
The regime plane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces, said group spokesman of Ahrar al-Sham Ahmed Karaali.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım also confirmed that a crash was reported.
“Reportedly, a Syrian regime plane crashed around Hatay’s Samandag Yaylacık region,” he said
Yıldırım said it was not clear yet whether the plane crashed on Turkish or Syrian soil.
Search and rescue operations were initiated in the region, the governor added.