CNN Turkey is reporting that the Russian pilots of the Su-24 shot down by Turkey this morning are alive and in a secure location.
— CNN Türk ENG (@CNNTURK_ENG) November 24, 2015
This contradicts a senior Turkish official’s statement.
“Both of the pilots were retrieved dead. Our comrades opened fire into the air and they died in the air,” declared Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander.
He made the announcement in the “village of Yamadi as he held what he said was a piece of a pilot’s parachute.”
A Syrian rebel told CNN that the rebels fired at the Russian pilots as they parachuted to the ground. Turkish news outlet Hürriyet Daily News also reported that one pilot was killed while the rebels captured the other pilot. Doğan News Agency stated that both pilots perished.