Turkish and Greek fighter planes collide in mid air
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Two fighter planes, a Turkish plane and a Greek collided in mid air and crashed into the . The location of the crash is approximately 10 miles east of , a Greek island in the southern part of the Aegean Sea.
Yiannis Papageorgiou a spokesman for thesays that the Greek F-16 was dispatched to intercept and identify the Turkish plane that according to Papageorgiou was violating the Flight Information Region, when the two planes collided.
The Greek Defense Ministry said earlier "the planes collided during interception manoeuvres above Karpathos. We don’t know what has happened to the Greek pilot yet." A passing merchant ship rescued the Turkish pilot, Halil Ibrahim Ozdemir, who refused to be rescued by Greek frogmen. The Greek pilot was killed in the incident.
Vecdi Gonul, Defense Minister for the Turkish government released a partial statement saying, "we’re still waiting for definite information and our Chief of Staff is speaking to the Greek Chief of Staff."
as well as rescue personnel have been dispatched to the area.
When the event became known, Turkish Foreign Minister,communicated immediately with his counterpart, Dora Bakoyiannis in order to have a first conversation regarding the fighter planes' crash.
Both countriesof their airspace over the sea and fighters sometimes conduct mock dogfights in the area between the two countries.
- Edna Fernandes. "Greek and Turkish fighter jets collide in Aegean Sea" — , May 23, 2006
- "Greek, Turkish Fighter Jets Collide in Aegean Sea, Greece Says" — , May 23, 2006
- "Greek fighter, Turkish reconnaissance planes crash over eastern Aegean sea" — , May 23, 2006
- The Associated Press. "Greek, Turkish jets collide over Aegean island" — , May 23, 2006
- BBC News Europe. "Greek and Turkish planes collide" — , May 23, 2006
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