Russia: Marine Killed in Mission to Rescue Shot-Down Pilot

Russia claims one of its rescue helicopters was shot at
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2015 3:00 PM CST
This video still shows two parachutes after a Russian warplane was shot down over Turkey on Tuesday. Russia claims a marine was killed during a search and rescue mission for the warplane's pilots.   (Haberturk TV via AP)

(Newser) – Things were already tense between Russia and Turkey on Tuesday after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane—an act Putin called a "stab in the back." Now Russia is claiming a marine was killed during a mission to rescue one of the warplane's pilots, CNN reports. According to the Wall Street Journal, Russia states the marine was onboard one of two helicopters searching for the pilot in the hopes of evacuating him when it was shot at and forced to make an emergency landing. Russia also claims one of the two pilots onboard the warplane was shot and killed while attempting to parachute to safety. It's unknown what happened to the warplane's other pilot. (Read more Russia stories.)

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