Turkish Air Force F-16 Shot Down Syrian L-39 over Syria

Turkish Air Force F-16 Shot Down Syrian L-39 over Syria

By Dario Leone
Mar 3 2020
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The L-39 was shot down near the city of Maraat en-Nuuman. The TuAF F-16 fighter did not enter Syrian airspace.

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Twitter that on Mar. 3, 2020 a warplane of the Syrian government forces had been shot down by a missile fired by a Turkish Air Force (TuAF) F-16 Fighting Falcon in the course of a Turkish-led military offensive launched in northwest Syria to push back the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, Reuters says.

The ministry described the downed jet as an L-39 warplane. One crew member was killed while the second one ejected and was saved by the Syrian Army. The Syrian state news agency SANA separately reported that a Syrian warplane had been targeted by Turkish forces.

The L-39 was shot down near the city of Maraat en-Nuuman. The TuAF F-16 fighter did not enter Syrian airspace.

Syrian air defense systems made no attempt to hit a Turkish combat aircraft, which raises a number of doubts about how effectively the Syrian military controls airspace on the border with Turkey.

Noteworthy the L-39 is the third Syrian warplane shod down by TuAF F-16s since Sunday. On Mar. 1 in fact two Su-24 attack aircraft were shot down by Turkish Fighting Falcons in response to the downing ofa Turkish drone over Idlib region.

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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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