2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown

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2015 Russian Sukhoi Su-24 shootdown  Rdf-icon.png
Date 24 November 2015
Location Northern Syria
Type Aircraft shoot down
Deaths 2(pilot and soldier on rescue mission)
Injured (non-fatal) ()
Description Shoot-down of a Russian Su24M bomber over Syria by a Turkish F16 fighter on 24 November 2015

A Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber aircraft was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet near the Syria–Turkey border on 24 November 2015.[1] According to Turkey, the aircraft was fired upon while in Turkish airspace because it violated the border up to a depth of 2.19Km for about 17 seconds after being warned to change its heading 10 times over a period of five minutes. [2] The Russia Defence Ministry denied the aircraft ever left Syrian airspace, counter-claiming that their satellite data showed that the Sukhoi was about 1km inside Syrian airspace when it was shot down.[3] On 30 November 2015, the pilot Colonel Oleg Peshkov's body arrived at the Chkalovsky military airport near Moscow, and was met by Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu and Russian air force Commander-in-Chief Victor Bondarev.[4]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Ambush of Russian Bomber Was Guided by US Reconnaissancearticle26 November 2015Alexei LeonkovaInterview with a Russian military expert and specialist in Russian Military Space Forces about the November 2015 shoot down of a Russian military jet by Turkish F16 fighter over Syria
Document:Turkey ambushed Su24 using information supplied by USreport27 November 2015Ministry of Defence of the Russian FederationCommander-in-Chief of the Russian Aerospace Forces, General Bondarev, presents facts of the attack on the Russian Su-24M aircraft carried out by Turkish F-16 fighters in the sky over Syria on 24 November 2015
Document:Why did Turkey shoot down a Russian Air Force jet?article26 November 2015George AbertEx-USAF intelligence officer theorises about the real reasons for the Turkish shoot-down of a Russian plane over Syria on 24 November 2015


  1. Press release (24 November 2015). "Hava sahası İletim" [Transmission of Airspace]. Turkish Armed Forces Chief of Staff (in Turkish). Retrieved 24 November 2015.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)

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  2. "Turkey downs Russian jet". Al Jazeera. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2015.

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  3. Sputnik (24 November 2015). "Russian Defense Ministry Video Proves Su-24 Never Entered Turkish Airspace". sputniknews.com. Retrieved 25 November 2015.

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  4. "Body of downed Russian pilot back in Russia"

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