ANKARA (Sputnik) — Yasin Aktay speaking about the Russian Su-24 jet downing told Sputnik:
"The decision to shoot down the plane was taken in the air. Such decision are made by a pilot and he abides by the rules of engagement. Although, he can avoid downing a plane that has violated the airspace for a short span and leaving it," he said.
Turkish authorities have announced that two F-16 pilots who downed a Russian combat jet have been detained over possible links to the July 15 failed coup in the country.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that the pilots might have ties to underground opposition organization led by self-exiled Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.