Fast plane goes down - level 3

Fast plane goes down - level 3

02-04-2014 07:00

Turkish armed forces have taken down a Syrian plane that they believed was violating its airspace.

A video posted online appears to show the aftermath of the downed plane with plumes of white smoke rising behind Mound Turkman in Lattakia.

The Turkish Prime Minister told supporters at a rally that the country’s forces had taken down the plane.

“A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap will be hard.”

Syria’s condemned the move, calling it “blatant aggression” and said their jet was pursuing rebel fighters on Syrian territory. The pilot survived, as he managed to eject before the plane crashed. 

Difficult words: take down (shoot down), violate (do something against a law), aftermath (time right after a disaster), plume (cloud), rally (large public meeting), condemn (disapprove), blatant (done openly), pursue (chase).

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