A US Air Force F-16 comse in for a landing in 2001 at Incirlik Airbase, Turkey. Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Russian military plane in international airspace over the Black Sea, the military said. (Tarik Tinazay / Getty Images)
ANKARA — Turkish fighter jets intercepted a Russian military plane in international airspace over the Black Sea, the military said Wednesday, without giving a reason.
“Two F-16 jets were scrambled to prevent a potential violation of (Turkish airspace)” after the Ilyushin II-20 plane was detected flying in parallel to Turkish coast, the general staff said in a statement about Tuesday’s incident.
Turkish jets intercepted the plane off the port city of Ordu on the Black Sea coast and monitored its flight from the Georgian border in the east through to the Bulgarian border, it added.
It was not immediately clear why the Russian plane approached Turkish airspace. Such air incidents between the two countries are rare.