Turkey F16s force down Syrian Airbus

2012-10-10 22:47

Ankara - Turkey seized on Wednesday suspicious cargo aboard a Syrian passenger plane after intercepting the aircraft en route from Moscow to Damascus, NTV news channel reported.

AP reports that state-run TRT television said an Airbus A320 coming from Moscow was intercepted by F16 jets as it entered Turkish airspace and escorted to the capital's Esenboga Airport.

The cargo is believed to be missile parts, said NTV.

The plane is awaiting Ankara's approval to take off again with its 35 passengers.

The A-320 plane was travelling from Moscow to Damascus when it was intercepted by Turkish authorities at around 14:30 GMT, according to NTV news channel.

The search for weapons and ammunition is ongoing.

Ankara has warned Turkish airline companies against using Syrian airspace to avoid a possible retaliation from Damascus, NTV added.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:27

    Interesting but not surprising. Putin and all of Russia's pants are down.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-10 23:27

      If this is true, of course.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 00:40

      More infantile rubbish. Your level of perception and analysis is ultra low. Grow up. You're a grown man acting like a child and teenager.

  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-10 23:28

    Lets see what they find on board bet nothing!They are playing with fire is all,NATO and the West better watch out how they go forward with this insanity!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-11 00:14

      Oooh you think I meant Russia and China would use this as an excuse to flex their muscles militarily ..hey pal that's what the US and NATO do no they will handle this in a far more dignified manner,butt hen their countries go back so much further that the brass Yanks!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 00:38

      Dunkie, you're being a fool, no offense. The wrong kind of fool. Not the archetypal type. Foolish. Russia is neo-Soviet, led by an election slanting, opposition imprisoning, dictator arming ex-KGB officer. China is run by an unelected Politburo. It takes pleasure in oppressing any and all perceived opponents wanting even positive change, and beating up Buddhist monks. You're firmly with these dark forces. You're being a fool. Making a fool of yourself.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-11 03:34

      ONLY the loonies of the violent left, could dream up, that Russia and China would go to war, to keep that assad thug in power !!!

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-11 00:09

    The latest news : an Airbus has taken off, its cargo still in detention. Of course the Turks who cannot forget the past glory of the Ottoman Empire gotta pull serious faces in front of their big boss but their panties are a serious mess. We all awaiting apologies;)

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-11 00:33

      This is complete nonsense. Diana, at least reflect before you post here. You're posting absolute rubbish.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-11 06:59

      Diana, ""Ottoman Empire"" Just snap out of your entertaining 'history' The only issue here at stake is; a people, DEMANDING the same rights, you so eagerly abuse !!!!

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-11 06:59

      The Ottoman Empire was decadent after Bazajet II (1500) and well forgotten. Modern Turkey is a credit to democracy - for those who believe in democracy.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-11 08:09

      @ Stephen pity to disappoint you, but the might and glory of the Great Porta (aka Ottoman Empire) lasted for much longer than 1500, till the end of the 17th century if to be exact. Anyway it is not an issue, as well as its not an issue that the part of the world known nowadays as Syria used to be subjected to the Porta. I personally see so little of democracy as the government doesnt give a damn about their own people protesting against Turkey being dragged into the Syrian conflict.

      tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-10-11 08:22

      beautifully said Di.. love it..

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-11 15:57

      A democracy has little meaning when your government drags you into war.

  • tebogo.kwape.1 - 2012-10-11 08:19

    The plane was serched and nothing was found, only passengers 9mostly Russian)and their luggage. Its been reported that the passengers were assaulted and the pilot forced to sign an emegency landing document to make it seem as if they were not intercepted as they did. I wonder what this will do to the already bad relations between the Russians and Turckey and the additional support the Russians and the Chinese will give to Syria. Washinton has also sent or are sending troops to Jordan. Some alliances are forged by the stupid actions of others.

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-11 08:52

      Yes, Thebogo. What a lot of rubbish. The alert of possibility that the plane might be carrying those missile parts has been announced only after its taking-off in Moscow. Sounds like a sort of cheap provocation.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-12 23:31

      Clearly you are biased. This is why you have jumped to a wrong conclusion. You are also complicit in the murder of Syrians and their families by an unelected dictator just because they want to vote.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-10-11 10:49

    These are the weapons facing any country that intervenes in Syria

  • shaun.theron.902 - 2012-10-11 10:55

    Don’t worry the CIA will plant the weapons! Oh Sh@t they going to water board me!

  • tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-10-11 11:06

    Turkish people do not want war. I hope the government listens but I have a feeling it won't.

  • shane.loxton - 2012-10-11 11:24

    Funny how the truth comes out with time! he mortar used to attack the Turkish town of Akcakale is a design specific to NATO and was given to Syrian rebels by Ankara, according to Turkey’s Yurt newspaper. The mortar killed one adult and four children from the same family on Wednesday. An article by the paper’s Editor-in-Chief, Merdan Yanardag, states that the newspaper received information from a reliable source, which claimed that Turkey itself sent the mortars to rebels in the so-called "free army." Earlier on Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned of the consequences that the conflict could bring to the region. “The escalation of the conflict along the Syrian-Turkish border and the impact of the crisis on Lebanon are extremely dangerous,” Ban said at the opening of the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France. The exchange of fire began last Wednesday, when Syrian mortar shells killed a woman and four children from the same family in Akcakale. Many fear the situation will lead to regional conflict, with political analyst Dan Glazebrook, saying that Ankara aims to drag NATO into a war with Syria. “On the one hand the [Turks] are trying to give cover to the rebels to continue their fight, as they know that the rebels are getting defeated on the ground so they are bombarding Syria as a way to help the rebels not lose too many of their positions,” Glazebrook said.

      shane.loxton - 2012-10-11 11:25

      “But I think also they may be hoping that they can somehow nudge, provoke NATO into taking action as well, into prompting a kind of blitzkrieg that is actually the only thing really that would enable the rebels to win now at this state.” He stated.

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