According to information revealed by Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, the F-4 jet, which embarked to conduct a national route system test flight, was shot down in international airspace just 13 minutes after a short violation of the Syrian border. The aircraft which lost control of the cockpit was downed in Syrian territorial waters.
The following are the minute-to-minute details of the flight course taken by the F-4 jet shot down by Syria on Friday.
11:06 - The aircraft was flying at 21,400 feet between Turkey and Cyprus and headed for Hatay.
11:14 - Elevation slowly decreases down to 8,600 feet.
11:23 - The aircraft drops to 7,500 feet elevation and tests the radar visuals.
11:37 - The aircraft drops to 2,000 feet elevation.
11:42 - The aircraft enters Syria's air field by 200 feet.
At this point, the Turkish radar system in the region alarms the aircraft of the border violation.
11:47 - The border violation ends and the plane returns to flying over Turkey's territorial waters. The jet requests a radar check and begins t follow a new course.
11:50 - The airplane begins flying its course at 3,000 feet elevation.
11:58 – The aircraft is shot by a missile system in international waters.
The pilots lose control of the aircraft which then falls into Syria's territorial waters.