The plane of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was not shot down in the night of 16 July, when the country had attempted a coup, because the coup was not enough fuel. This is with reference to own sources, said the Yeni Şafak writes Hurriyet Daily News.
According to interlocutors of the edition, stolen by the rebels, F-16 fighter jets had to attack the presidential jet, but turned back due to lack of fuel.
On the night of July 16, the Turkish leader was in a hotel in Marmaris, and from there he moved to Dalaman, where got on a plane and flew to the airport of Ataturk in Istanbul. The chief of the garrison in Dalaman was preparing the aircraft for departure in extreme secrecy, by turning off all the lights on the runway, it was able to land other aircraft.
However, when approaching the aircraft to Istanbul, Erdogan had to drastically change the route because of the dangerous maneuvers of the hijacked rebel F-16. The result of the presidential Board had about half an hour circling over Bandırma.
As reported earlier, rebel military has also tried to capture the head of state when he was still at the hotel in Marmaris. As he himself said later in an interview with CNN, he managed to leave the hotel 15 minutes before there came the coup. Thursday, August 4, was arrested nine military who attacked the hotel in Marmaris.
In the night from 15 to 16 July in Turkey was an attempt of a military takeover, however, on 16 July the authorities managed to bring the situation under control. The clashes in the rebellion killed more than 240 people. After the coup, more than 60 thousand people were arrested.