Video shows Syrian Su-24 Fencer shot down by Israeli Patriot

A Syrian Su-24 Fencer was shot down by a Patriot surface-to-air missile over Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

On Sept. 23, a Syrian Su-24 Fencer attack plane was shot down by an Israeli Patriot SAM (surface-to-air missile) battery after it penetrated the airspace over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights at around 08.57 AM LT and then penetrated the Israeli-controlled airspace.

The plane violated the Israeli-controlled airspace by only 800 meters, at an altitude between 10,000 and 14,000 feet, and was shot down in 1 minute and 20 seconds after the decision to shoot it down was finalised.

Borth crew members successfully ejected from the Fencer.

The following video shows the wreckage of the plane falling down after being hit and then the parachutes of the two pilots.

Although the Israeli Air Force has shot down remotely piloted vehicles in the past (a drone was downed by a SAM battery in August), this is the first time a Syrian plane is shot down while infiltrating the Israeli airspace since the beginning of the Syrian Uprising.

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