Eighteen years after a Turkish Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed into the Aegean in Greek waters, the Greek government has offered its help in finding where it went down and the pilot’s remains.
Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos called his Turkish counterpart Ismet Yilmaz to tell him that authorities would try to locate the jet that near Chios in October 1996. The plane’s pilot, Captain Nail Erdogan, was killed in the crash.
Authorities in Greece have always maintained that the plane went down due to mechanical failure. In 2003, however, a former Turkish naval commander alleged that the jet had been shot down by mistake by a Greek pilot. Athens denied the claim.