TURKEY/GREECE: TURKISH AIR FORCE FIGHTER PLANE CRASHES NEAR THE GREEK ISLAND OF RHODES CAUSING PROSPECT OF...
- Title: TURKEY/GREECE: TURKISH AIR FORCE FIGHTER PLANE CRASHES NEAR THE GREEK ISLAND OF RHODES CAUSING PROSPECT OF DIPLOMATIC FALLOUT
- Date: 8th February 1995
- Summary: ANKARA, TURKEY AND RHODES, GREECE (FEBRUARY 8, 1995) (REUTERS TELEVISION (RTV) - ACCESS ALL) (ANKARA, TURKEY) 1. SV POLICE MOTOR CYCLES PARKED OUTSIDE BUILDING 0.07 2. LV EXT. PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE BUILDING, SECURITY 0.14 3. SV TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER MURAT KARAYALCIN, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA AND SAYING THAT HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THE INCIDENT WILL INCREASE TENSION IN RELATIONS BETWEEN GREECE AND TURKEY (TURKISH) 0.35 4. SV KURAYALCIN BEING ASKED IF HE THINKS IT WILL INCREASE TENSION AND REPLYING "I DO NOT THINK THERE IS ANY CONNECTION IN THAT RESPECT."(ENGLISH)/GETS INTO CAR/ DRIVES AWAY. (3 SHOTS) 0.54 (RHODES, GREECE) 5. SV/ZOOM-IN/PAN PILOT STANDING WITH GREEK AIR FORCE COMMANDER/ COMMANDER EXPLAINING HOW THE PILOT WAS PICKED UP IN THE AEGEAN AND BROUGHT TO A HOSPITAL IN RHODES (GREEK) (3 SHOTS) 1.28 6. MCU RHODES GENERAL HOSPITAL DIRECTOR KIRIAKOS PAPASAVAS SAYING THAT THE PILOT HAS SUFFERED ONLY SLIGHT INJURIES (GREEK) 1.44 7. SV UNIDENTIFIED DOCTOR, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA SAYING THAT THE PILOT WILL REMAIN IN HOSPITAL FOR ANOTHER DAY BUT THERE ARE NO SERIOUS PROBLEMS (GREEK) 1.50 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: ANKARA , TURKEY AND RHODES, GREECE
- Country: Turkey
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- Story Text: Turkey downplayed the prospect of diplomatic fallout after a Turkish air force F-16 fighter crashed into the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Rhodes on Wednesday (February 8).
"I don't believe the incident to be of a magnitude to increase tension in Greece-Turkey relations," Foreign Minister Murat Karayalcin told reporters.
"We have not yet been able to speak to the pilot. (We) will make an evaluation after speaking to him," he said.
The Turkish warplane crashed into the Aegean after Greek fighters scrambled to drive it off as an intruder, an air force spokesman said.
The spokesman said the plane, whose pilot parachuted to safety, was violating Greek air space in the eastern Mediterranean and crashed due to pilot error. No shots were fired.
In Ankara, a Turkish military spokesman said the plane was on a training flight in international air space when it crashed due to a technical error.
The pilot, who received only minor injuries, was picked up by the Greek Coast Guard after some 30 minutes in the water, the spokesman said.
Greece often accuses Turkey of violating its airspace in the eastern Aegean. The two feuding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) allies nearly went to war in March 1987 over mineral rights in the Aegean Sea.
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