MEA pilot recalls downing of Russian jet

14:40, 26 November 2015
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A civilian Lebanese pilot who was in the sky when the Turkish military issued a warning to a Russian fighter jet has provided a recording that proves the Turkish authorities issued several warnings to the plane, according to Al Arabiya News.

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The pilot was flying a Middle East Airlines (MEA) flight from Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport, Al Arabiya News reported.

The version of the recording obtained by Al Arabiya News from this pilot clearly proves that Turkish authorities were issuing repeated warnings to the Russian aircraft that they "were approaching Turkish air space," as noted in the report.

The pilot also verified the authenticity of a similar recording which was uploaded on the information sharing website LiveLeak which many international media outlets have carried.

Read alsoObama, Hollande urge calm after Turkey shoots down Russian jetThe MEA pilot explained that from what he gathers, Tuesday's incident was not the first as he had heard similar warnings over his radio transmission for the past month.

"I heard similar warnings two or three times a week, on every flight I took for the past month," the Lebanese aviator told on the condition of anonymity.

Recording released on November 25 

Earlier, on November 25, Turkish Fox TV channel released a recording with clearly heard warnings issued to pilots of the Russian Su-24 on the need to change course.

"This is Turkish Air Force speaking - en guard. You are approaching Turkish airspace. Change your heading south immediately," the Turkish officer was repeatedly saying.

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