President Abdullah Gül, during his exploration of the Kayseri Marina by the Yamula Dam in Kayseri, responded to the queries from the press as to the Turkish jet crash in the Eastern Mediterranean yesterday.
The President said the contact with a Turkish F-4 jet with 2 pilots, taking off from the military airbase in the eastern province of Malatya was lost at 11:58 am and noted that it was later understood that it had been shot down. “Whatever is necessary will be done once everything is disclosed. No one can cover such a grave incident. When you consider the speed of such a jet over the sea, it would be regarded as routine for a jet to enter another country’s airspace. Such incidents can be seen in the Aegean and the Black Sea as well as a matter of fact. These should not be taken as ill-disposed actions at all. Whether this specific incident happened within our territorial waters or in Syria’s will be understood soon. However, I am reiterating that whatever is necessary will be done once everything is disclosed.”
President Gül further noted that Turkey had recalled the Turkish mission officials in Syria as there is no security there, but he said it does not mean that they have altogether cut off their contact with the country. He also informed the press that Turkish and Syrian vessels are searching for the two missing pilots, which he declared Turkey’s priority now.