Greece is ready to provide any help needed in the search for the remains of a Turkish pilot who reportedly died after a Turkish F-16 fighter jet crashed near the Aegean island of Chios in 1996, Turkish media reported on Wednesday.
According to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish authorities have briefed the Greek Foreign Ministry on the situation, particularly as regards the search in international waters near the island to find the remains of one of the two pilots, Nail Erdogan.
According to the Turkish newspaper, Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman Konstantinos Koutras stated that Greece is prepared to help the search if necessary.
The incident took place after the Turkish jet fighter was intercepted by a pair of Greek Mirage 2000s over the Aegean Sea. The second Turkish pilot, Osman Ciceli, survived the crash but sustained serious injuries.