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 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.