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Greece offers to help Turkey find missing warplane

The Greek government officially offered to assist the Turkish government in finding a Turkish Air Force fighter jet lost in the Aegean Sea in 1996.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   April 18, 2014 at 4:01 PM   |   Comments

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ATHENS, Greece, April 18 (UPI) -- The Greek government officially offered to assist the Turkish government in finding a Turkish Air Force fighter jet lost in the Aegean Sea in 1996.

Greek defense minister Dimitris Avramopoluos notified Ismet Yilmaz, his Turkish counterpart, Thursday of Greeceā€™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.

[Kathimerini]

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