MOSCOW, November 25. No Russian warnings from Turkey about the violation of airspace was not. On 25 November, told reporters the Navigator of the downed aircraft Konstantin Murakhtin.
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“In fact, no warning was not. Either by radio or visually. No contact. So we went on the combat course in regular mode. You need to understand what the speed of the bomber and fighter F-16. If we wanted to let you know, you could show yourself, standing on parallel courses. And there was nothing. Yes and the rocket came in at the tail end of our plane suddenly… We even visually it was not observed in time to make the missile maneuver,” added the Navigator.
The Navigator of the bomber su-24M, on the eve of the downed Turkish F-16 over Syria, ruled out the possibility of Russian aircraft in the airspace of Turkey. He declared it on air of TV channel “Russia 1”.
“No, this is possible even for one second, especially because we flew at a height of about 6 thousand meters, the weather was clear, as we in our slang saying goes, “a million million”. All of our flight until the rocket is fully controlled by me. I could see and on the map, and the terrain where the border is and where we are”, said the military.
“Even the threat of exit in Turkey,” he said.
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Saved Navigator of the downed su-24 has stated that he wants to return to duty and asked to be left at the airbase Hamim.
“Looking forward, when discharged, to immediately return to duty. I will request the command to be left at the airbase. I shall return the favor for the commander”, he said.
The crew of the bomber su-24M, on the eve of the downed Turkish fighter jet over Syria, repeatedly flew to the incident area and know it “inside out,” said the Navigator.
“There we repeatedly perform combat flying, know it like the back of my hand. Combat missions performed, and back returned on the reverse route to the airbase. I do like the Navigator known for each height. Can even navigate without instruments”, he said.
The incident with the Russian su-24M
Russian su-24M was shot down Monday by a missile “air-air”, released fighter F-16 from the Turkish air force. In Ankara stated that the downed aircraft has violated Turkish airspace. The defense Ministry stressed that the Russian bombers did not cross the border of Turkey, while Turkish fighter aircraft invaded the skies over Syria.
One of the pilots of the su-24M was lost, the second was saved as the result of a 12-hour operation, the Russian and Syrian special forces. During the operation to evacuate the crew of a bomber was lost , a marine was killed a contract.