(NEW YORK) -- Turkey has requested a NATO meeting to discuss the shooting down of its warplane by Syria on Friday, the BBC reports.
The country has called upon Article 4 of NATO's charter, which grants allies the right to summon a consultation when the country feels its security is threatened. Turkey's foreign minister previously said the F-4 Phantom was in international airspace when it was downed. Syria denied that its firing of the plane was an act of hostility and noted that its navy joined rescue efforts for the plane's crew members once it learned the aircraft was Turkish, according to the BBC.
The United States and the U.K, both Turkey's NATO allies, condemned the act. Crew members of the downed plane have not been found yet, and the coast guard continues searching for them in the Mediterranean Sea. Hopes of them being found alive are diminishing, says the BBC.
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