Greek defense minister Dimitris Avramopoluos notified Ismet Yilmaz, his Turkish counterpart, Thursday of Greece’s willingness to help find the plane.
In 2003 a former Turkish naval officer alleged the plane was accidentally shot down by a Greek pilot. Greece denied the claim, contending the plane went down due to mechanical failure. It has been a source of contention between the two countries.
The American-built F-16 crashed off the Greek island of Chios in the Agean sea in October 1996. Its pilot, Nail Erdogan, was killed.