Map of Idlib in Syria and Hatay in Turkey

A airplane believed to be a Syrian navy plane has crashed close to the border between Syria and Turkey, Turkish officers say.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim mentioned it was a MiG-23 warplane.

He mentioned a search was beneath manner for the pilot, who was believed to have ejected.

An Islamist group which is combating the Syrian authorities tweeted a video it mentioned confirmed a airplane being “focused”.

Turkey’s state-run information company Anadolu quoted a spokesman for the Islamist group Ahrar-al_sham, Ahmed Karaali, saying the regime airplane was allegedly bombing Idlib province in northern Syria when it was shot down by the opposition forces.

Mr Yildirim mentioned the airplane had crashed close to the city of Samandag in Hatay province.

Hatay governor Erdal Ata informed Anadolu that rescue groups had arrived on the wreckage and reported that the cockpit was empty.

Mr Yildirim mentioned it was not clear why the airplane had crashed. “It could be on account of climate situations,” Reuters quoted him as saying.