Greek and Turkish fighter jets collide over Aegean

May 23, 2006 21:03


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Greek and Turkish F-16 fighter jets crashed following a mid-air collision over the Aegean Sea on Tuesday while shadowing each other in disputed airspace. The Turkish pilot was rescued by a merchant ship after ejecting from the plane, officials said, but there were conflicting reports on the Greek pilot. A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement said the Greek pilot had died, but officials in Athens said a rescue operation was still underway. The two F-16s collided over international waters near the island of Karpathos after two Greek jets intercepted two Turkish warplanes, military officials from both countries said.

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