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9 quick facts about Russian Su-24 jet downed by Turkish Air Force

A Russian Su-24 front-line bomber jet takes off at Latakia airport, Syria. © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik

A Russian Su-24M tactical bomber was brought down over Syria by a Turkish Air Force fighter jet on Tuesday. Moscow and Ankara have put forward conflicting versions of what happened, and the circumstances of the crash remain under investigation. This is what is known so far.

1. The Russian jet went down at 9:30am local time on Tuesday

“Today at 9:30 the Russian aircraft, which performed combat counterterrorist missions was shot down by an aircraft of the Turkish Air Force,” Russia's Ministry of Defense wrote on its official Facebook page.

The ministry added that it considers the action of the Turkish Air Force to be an “unfriendly act.”

Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Russia was urgently summoned to the Russian Ministry of...Posted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
2. It crashed in a rebel-held area in Syria

The …