Co-Pilot of Downed Russian Jet Says He Had No Warning

Rescued Russian pilot Captain Konstantin Murakhtin
Rescued Russian pilot Captain Konstantin Murakhtin

Rescued Russian pilot Captain Konstantin Murakhtin

MOSCOW (ABC News)—The co-pilot of the Russian bomber shot down by Turkish jets on the Syrian border has said he received no warnings before the plane was fired on.

The co-pilot, Captain Konstantin Murakhtin, spoke to the Russian state news agency Sputnik at military base in Syria, where he was brought after being rescued by the Russian military overnight.

“There were no warnings. Not via the radio, not visually. There was no contact whatsoever,” Murakhtin told Sputnik.

Murakhtin and his pilot, Lieutenant-colonel Oleg Peshkov, were shot down on the Syrian-Turkish border by Turkish F16 fighters on Tuesday morning. Both men ejected but Peshkov was killed by Syrian rebels, according to Russian defense officials. Turkey has said the men’s Su-24 jet was downed because it violated Turkish airspace, a claim Russia has disputed.

The co-pilot’s comments disputed the Turkish version of how the shoot-down occurred. Turkish officials have said that the Russian plane was warned multiple times it was approaching Turkish airspace and to alter its course, saying that it received 10 warnings in five minutes. Russia’s defense ministry has disputed this, saying no warning was given and that the plane never crossed into Turkish airspace.

Murakhtin said that no attempt at all was made to warn the Russian crew.

“You have to understand what the cruising speed of a bomber is compared to an F-16. If they wanted to warn us, they could have shown themselves by heading on a parallel course. But there was nothing,” he said. “The rocket hit our tail completely unexpectedly. We didn’t even see it in time to take evasive maneuvers.”

A U.S. military spokesman previously told ABC News that recordings of audio channels used between the two planes proved that 10 warnings had been given. NATO has also said that it backs the Turkish version events.

Murakhtin, who was the plane’s navigator, also insisted that the plane at no point crossed the border into Turkey.

“Of course, having carried out numerous flights there we knew the region like the backs of our hands.” He said that they had been following a usual, predetermined route when they were hit.

“I’m a navigator, I know every altitude there. I can guide the aircraft there blindfolded,” co-pilot said.

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  1. zarkim said:

    Public knowledge:
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    1. Turkey has been openly backing ISIS Terrorists and other terrorist groups;
    2. Turkey has used Turkmens for looting Syria and Iraq;
    3. USA, Israel, NATO and allies have been encouraging these acts of crimes against humanity in Syria and Iraq organised by Turkey with funding, training and supporting terrorists;
    4. Turkey has used NATO as a weapon against Russia.
    So.
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    Why is PUTIN so surprised about this Turkish attack?
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    Putin must learn to deal with nations that are good in HITTING BELOW THE BELT.
    This is not a refereed JUDO tournament. This is dirty war Mr Putin.
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    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/en/originals/2015/08/turkey-syria-sued-for-looting-aleppo-industry.html#
    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-minister-blames-turkey-for-looted-antiquities-.aspx?pageID=238&nID=78781&NewsCatID=352

  2. Harutik said:

    This criminal act by Turkey is a blessing in disguise for Armenia.

    With the Anglo-American-Zionist alliance standing firmly behind it, the confident Turk has once again provoked the Russian Bear and has drawn first blood. Russia will retaliate in some form sooner or later. There is now a very serious divide between Moscow and Ankara. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? Until now, Russians looked at Turkey as a geopolitical competitor and a potential opponent. Now, Russians will begin looking at Turkey as a despicable enemy. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? Russians finally got a little taste of what Armenians and Greeks have been going through for the past one thousands years. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity? This was a serious offense against Russia. This is a historic opportunity not only for Armenia but also for Artsakh. Russians must be made to understand that Ankara and Baku are being governed by Asiatic squatters with a pan-Turkic agenda. Moscow must be made to understand that Ankara and Baku have always been and will continue being exploited by their Anglo-American-Jewish masters. Moscow must be made to understand that as long as these Asiatic squatters remain at the helm in Ankara and Baku, Russia’s vulnerable underbelly will continue being threatened by Western powers and Islamic extremists. Now, for Moscow, the Turks is no longer just a geopolitical competitor but an active enemy. Will Armenians have the political maturity and foresight to exploit this historic opportunity?

    My heartfelt condolences ot the families of the two martyred Russian servicemen.

  3. Raffi said:

    As Putin said, this was a preplanned attack, besides if Turkey and Russia are fighitng terrorism, Turkey downed the Russian fighter (even if he had crossed the border) if both coutries are fighting terrorism? the truth is TURKEY can’t be trusted, he betrayed, and will betray Again, and Again, and Again, and Again

  4. dikran said:

    How about the Turkish choppers when crossed Armenian air space a few months ago. If we had shot them would have been all out war and that’s what turkey is looking for.

  5. dikran said:

    How about the Turkish choppers when crossed Armenian air space a few months ago. If we had shot them would have been all out war and that’s what turkey is looking for
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  6. edward demian said:

    I suppose Armenia should gave opened fire on that Turkish helicopter that strayed into Armenia a while back. But we are better than that. However, they are more numerous.

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