NOV 24 2015, 4:17 AM ET
by AZIZ AKYAVAS and ALEXEY EREMENKO
ISTANBUL — Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border after it violated Turkish airspace on Tuesday, officials said.
Turkey's presidential office confirmed the incident to NBC News.
A Su-24 fighter jet takes off from the Hmeymim air base near Latakia, Syria. Russia's Defence Ministry / Reuters
Citing the Kremlin's Defense Ministry, Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency also reported that a Su-24 had been downed in Turkey near the border with Syria, but said it had been shot down by ground fire. The plane was flying above Syrian territory and not Turkey, according to that report.
Russia's Defense Ministry was not immediately available for comment.
Footage from Turkish Haberturk TV showed a warplane going down in flames in a woodland area, a long plume of smoke trailing behind it.
CONTRIBUTORS F. BRINLEY BRUTON and REUTERS