Russian Defense Minister: Second pilot of downed Su-24 jet safe, brought to Russian base
The second pilot of the Su-24 bomber downed by Turkey has been rescued by the Russian and Syrian forces, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Wednesday, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
"The operation ended successfully. The pilot has been brough to our base. Safe and sound," Shoigu said.
He said the rescue operation lasted for 12 hours, TASS reports.
"I'd like to thank all our guys who were working all night long taking great risks," Shoigu said.
Read alsoRussian envoy: Second pilot from downed plane aliveEarlier, Russia's ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said that one of the two Russian pilots who ejected from a jet shot down by Turkey on Tuesday had been picked up by the Syrian army and had been taken to Russia's base there.