On March 4, the Syrian army lost contact with the jet performing a reconnaissance mission near the Turkish border. The same day, the Ahrar al-Sham militant group claimed to have shot down a Syrian government MiG-21 fighter jet. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed that a Syrian military plane had crashed in Turkey’s southern Hatay province.
The pilot managed to eject and landed on Turkey's territory. He was hospitalized.