Plane With Body of Russian Su-24 Pilot Returns Home From Ankara

© AP Photo / DHA via APTurkish army officers salute as Turkish honour guard carry the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov into a Turkish Air force transport plane at Hatay airport, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015
Turkish army officers salute as Turkish honour guard carry the coffin of Russian pilot Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov into a Turkish Air force transport plane at Hatay airport, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 - Sputnik International
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A plane carrying the body of Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, the pilot of the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by Turkey over Syrian territory, has left the Turkish capital of Ankara for Moscow, the Turkish Ulke Haber news portal reported Monday.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the press as he arrives for a summit on relations between the European Union and Turkey and on the migration crisis at the EU headquarters in Brussels on November 29, 2015. - Sputnik International
Turkish PM 'Understands' Russia's Reaction Over Su-24 Pilot Death
ANKARA (Sputnik) On Sunday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkish authorities had received the pilot’s body from Syria, where the Russian airbase is located, and would hand it over to the Russian side.

Since September 30, Moscow has been conducting airstrikes on terrorist positions in Syria at President Bashar Assad's request.

On November 24, the Russian Su-24 bomber, with its two pilots, crashed over Syrian territory, downed by an air-to-air missile fired from a Turkish F-16 fighter in response to an alleged violation of Turkish airspace.

Both the Russian General Staff and the Syrian Air Defense Command have confirmed that the Su-24 never crossed into Turkish airspace and was illegally downed on Syrian territory.

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