NATO member Turkey on Tuesday shot down a Russian war plane on the Syrian border, an act President Vladimir Putin said would have "serious consequences" for ties between two key protagonists in the Syria war.
The Turkish army said the plane was shot down by two F-16s after violating Turkish airspace 10 times within a five-minute period, an account challenged by Moscow which said it was over Syria.
Turkish television pictures showed the jet exploding and crashing in a ball of flames into a Syrian mountain. Turkish media said one pilot had been captured by rebel forces in Syria after both ejected by parachute, while Syrian opposition sources said one was dead and another missing. (READ MORE)