Skooter reporting 06/22/12
A Turkish plane “flying in airspace over Syrian waters” was shot down by the Syrian forces, according to state-run news agency Sana. A military spokesman said that the jet was dealt based with the laws that rule such situation.
A search operation for the two crew members is on going, involving Turkish and Syrian coast guard ships. The F-4 Phantom was shot down over the Mediterranean, south-west of Turkey's Hatay province, near the Syrian coast. About 90 minutes after the F-4 took off from Erhac airbase in the province of Malatya, to the north-west, the Turkish military had lost radio contact while it was flying over Hatay.
The Syrian military said in a statement that an “unidentified air target” had entered Syrian airspace from the west at 11:40 local time (08:40 GMT), traveling at very low altitude and at high speed. In accordance with the laws that rule in such cases, Syrian air defences engaged the craft, and scored a direct hit about 1km (0.6 miles) from its coastline. It exploded into flames and crashed into the sea at a distance of 10km (6 miles) from the village of Om al-Tuyour, off the coast of Latakia province.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday evening, held a two-hour emergency meeting and said that Turkey will present the final stance after the incident has been thoroughly investigated and decisively take the necessary steps.