Russian navigator: “There were no warnings at all”

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A day after a Russian jet was downed by Turkey in northern Syria, the Russian navigator who survived and the Turks on the ground recounts the incident. Nathan Frandino reports.

Russian navigator: “There were no warnings at all”

The fighting has resumed in Kassab, Syria, where just a day ago Turkey shot down a Russian jet, adding new troubles in the volatile region.

Turkey says the plane was violating its airspace… an assertion the surviving crew member denies.

SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN AIR FORCE NAVIGATOR, KONSTANTIN MURAKHTIN, SAYING:

“No, this is impossible, not even for a second.”

Navigator Konstantin Murakhtin was rescued by Russian and Syrian special forces, but the pilot was shot dead by rebels as he parachuted to the ground.

Turkey on Wednesday released what it said was an audio recording of a warning given to the Russian fighter jet.

Much of the recording is unintelligible, but a voice can be heard saying “change your heading.”

Murakhtin says he heard nothing.

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN AIR FORCE NAVIGATOR, KONSTANTIN MURAKHTIN, SAYING:

“In actual fact, there were no warnings at all, neither by radio, nor visually. There were no contacts whatsoever.”

On the ground, there were more victims.

Parts of the plane landed in Turkey, leaving resident Mevlut Horoz injured.

(SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH MAN WOUNDED IN DOWNING OF RUSSIAN JET, MEVLUT HOROZ, SAYING:

“We heard the sound of an explosion. We heard a loud boom. For a moment I thought I was dying. Then I saw my ear was bleeding. I also saw something went into my leg. Blood was dripping from my face.”

The downing of the jet was one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member and Russia in half a century.

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