Greece Will Help Find the Remains of Turkish Pilot


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.


  1. At the air speed of an F-16 and sudden stop 18 years ago they will find the pilot’s remains here, there, other there and just about everywhere.

  2. It is very decent and honourable of the Hellenic armed forces to assist the Turkish military in trying to locate the body of one of their servicemen especially in the present climate where Turkish frigates intrude regularly inside Greek territorial waters, and where thousands of Greek Cypriots remain missing as a result of the illegal Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, with the Turkish military making no effort at all to locate their bodies, to ease the pain of the Greek families.