Turkey deputy PM says downed jet not a warplane: TV

ANKARA Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:49am EDT

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Saturday a jet that was shot down by Syria a day earlier was not a warplane but a reconnaissance aircraft, state television TRT reported.

It was not immediately clear where Arinc, who is one of four deputy prime ministers and also the government's spokesman, was speaking. Turkish media reported the downed jet was an F-4 Phantom, a supersonic jet fighter which can also carry out reconnaissance operations.

(Reporting by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Alison Williams)

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