“Read the statements made by our institutions after the downing of our jet again and think of the location where our jet was retrieved. There is a consistency in our statements,” Gül said on Monday when responding to questions from reporters during a joint press conference with his Beninese counterpart, Thomas Boni Yayi, in Ankara.
Stating that the pieces from the wreckage of the plane, found last week at a depth of more than 1,000 meters, are being examined, Gül said a final statement will be made after the results of the forensic examination are available. “Whoever has [any] documents, apart from this, should make them public,” Gül added.
Turkey says the plane, on a training mission to test domestic radar systems, was hit in international airspace by Syria without warning in a “hostile act.” Syria, on the other hand, says the plane was flying fast and low, at an altitude of 100 meters, and that it was only a kilometer off the Syrian coast when it was shot down. Syria also says the plane was hit by anti-aircraft weapons that only have a range of about two-and-a-half kilometers, rather than by a missile
The bodies of Capt. Gökhan Ertan and Lt. Hasan Hüseyin Aksoy were recovered from the seabed 8.6 nautical miles off the Syrian coast on Thursday at a depth of 1,260 meters near the plane's wreckage.