A Su-22 Fitter was shot down by the Syrian opposition earlier today.
On Apr. 5, a SyAAF (Syrian Arab Air Force) Su-22 Fitter was allegedly shot down by the Syrian rebels while flying over al-Eis area in South Aleppo.
As the following footage shows, the pilot ejected from the plane, to be captured and probably beaten by the militants. According to the latest news, the pilot is alive and in the hands of al-Nusra front militants.
It’s not clear who shoot the plane down and how; unconfirmed reports claim the aircraft was hit by a MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense System).
Some Twitter accounts have published the photos of the captured pilot (with an ID still to be confirmed).
#SAA Criminal Pilot identified;
Colonel Squadron Commander”Khaled Saed” from #Latakia#Tel_Eis #Aleppo #Syria APRIL5 pic.twitter.com/8KN0xfcytn
— AEJ خليل ้้้้้็็็็Ⓜ (@AEJKhalil) 5th april 2016
H/T JeanLucTele for the heads-up. Image credit: via @green_lemonnn, Twitter.
Wow, the Syrians have grandfathers flying their jets. It looks like the rebels “tenderized” him a bit after they captured him.
Al nusra is a terrorist organisation. Stop calling them rebels
By definition, what is a rebel?
A squadron commander, quite a prize for the blood thirsty animals.
When I first read the story, I thought it said “…and probably eaten by the militants…”
isn’t he a bit old to be a pilot?