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    Turkish Prosecution Orders Arrest of Pilot of Crashed Syrian MiG-21 Fighter Jet

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    The Prosecutor's Office of the Turkish Hatay province authorized the arrest of the pilot of the Syrian MiG-21 fighter jet, which crashed near the Turkish border with Syria in March, local media reported Friday.

    ANKARA (Sputnik) — The pilot, Mehmet Sufhan, is charged with violation of the country's state border and espionage, the Star newspaper reported. He was sent to prison from the hospital where he had been under treatment after the crash.

    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.


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