President Abdullah Gül has said statements by Turkish officials regarding the downing of a Turkish military jet by Syrian forces last month have been consistent.
“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.