Turkey says bodies of 2 Turkish pilots found
Turkish coast guard searches for the Turkish warplane which was downed by Syria off Samandagi in Hatay province in the eastern Mediterranean, on Sunday, June 24, 2012. (AP)
Published Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:46AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 4, 2012 10:16PM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's military says the bodies of two pilots whose jet was shot down by Syria have been found in the sea bed.
State-run TRT television says a U.S. deep-sea exploration vessel, E/V Nautilus, found the bodies in the eastern Mediterranean on Wednesday.
Syrian forces shot down the RF-4 plane on June 22. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace while Syria insists it was flying inside Syrian airspace.
The downing of the plane has worsened already tense Turkish-Syrian relations.