Downed Russian Pilot's Body Heading Home

Turkey is flying man it shot down back to Russia
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2015 5:56 AM CST
Photos of Lt.Col. Oleg Peshkov and Alexander Pozynich at a monument outside Russian Army General Staff headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – The Turkish prime minister says Turkey has taken delivery of the body of a Russian pilot who was killed after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian warplane. Ahmet Davutoglu says the pilot's body was brought to the border province of Hatay "through Turkey's initiatives" early Sunday and will be flown back to Russia. It's not clear who had possession of the pilot's body before then, CNN reports. Davutoglu said the local Orthodox church in Hatay performed religious rites for the pilot. Turkey shot down the plane on Tuesday after it entered its airspace from Syria, ignoring several warnings.

The two pilots parachuted out of the plane but were shot at by Syrian rebels on the ground. One of the pilots, Lt. Col. Oleg Peshkov, died. Turkey's action drew strong reaction from Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey. (Read more Russia stories.)

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