A statement issued by the General Command of the Army and the Armed Forces said that inquiry showed that the helicopter mistakenly entered the Turkish airspace for a short distance and then it exited towards the Syrian territories after immediate orders; however, while exiting, the Turkish aircrafts attacked the helicopter and shot it down inside the Syrian territories, Sana reported.
Military helicopter was lost Monday Sept 16th , 2013 as it was carrying out a reconnaissance sortie to inspect the infiltration of terrorists across the Turkish borders in al-Younesieh area near Bidama town in Lattakia countryside, said in a statement.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc stated on Monday that a Syrian helicopter was crashed by Turkish fighter jets at 14:25 along Turkish-Syrian border, Anadolu Agency reported.
Speaking in a press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting chaired by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkish capital Ankara, Arinc said a MI 17 helicopter at 14:20 on Monday committed a 2 km border violation into Turkish Hatay province's Yayaladagi Guvecci region along border with Syria.
"Though being warned continuously by air defense elements for many times, the violation continued and our airplanes taking off from Malatya airport hit the helicopter with missiles which then crashed in the Syrian side," Arinc said.