Ocean Explorer Ballard Helps Locate Pilots’ Bodies

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ The bodies of two Turkish pilots have been recovered from the seabed nearly two weeks after their jet was shot down by Syria.

U.S. ocean explorer Robert Ballard, best known for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, led the search.

A Turkish official says Ballard, aboard his deep-sea exploration vessel R/V Nautilus, found the bodies yesterday 8.6nautical miles off the Syrian coast. The Turkish navy had pinpointed the area.

The military says the R/V Nautilus continues to search for more pieces of the plane’s wreckage.

Syrian forces shot down the RF-4 plane June 22. Turkey says it was hit in international airspace, but Syria insists it was flying low inside Syrian airspace.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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