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Turkey Claims Syrian Jet Was Carrying Russian-Supplied Ammunition

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ANKARA, Turkey) -- Turkey said Thursday its suspicions were proven correct that a Syrian passenger jet that its military forced to land a day earlier was carrying munitions.

Adding more fuel to the growing tensions between Ankara and Damascus is that the military equipment and ammunition allegedly came from a Russian supplier.

Moscow is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and has defended him in his government's 19-month military crackdown on rebel forces that has cost tens of thousands of lives.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan would not say how he got the intelligence about the Russian connection or who the supplier was.

After the Syrian plane made its forced landing in Ankara, the passengers and crew were briefly detained while the materials apparently destined for Syria's government were confiscated by Turkish authorities.

Both Syria and Russian condemned the detention of the plane, which was en route from Moscow to Damascus when Turkish F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept it.

In recent months, Turkey has angered al-Assad by siding with opposition forces intent on removing him from power.  Last week, mortar fire that killed a Turkish woman and her family resulted in the two sides repeatedly lobbing shells over their shared border.

The Turkish prime minister insists his country doesn't want war but has vowed to defend it if attacked.  He also has the backing of NATO if it comes to that.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Russian Jet Catches Fire, Explodes on Runway

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- A Russian plane exploded Saturday just before it was scheduled to take off from an airport in Siberia. At least one person was killed.

Most of the 128 passengers and crew made it off the Russian jet after one of the engines apparently caught fire as the plane taxied for takeoff.

The plane, a Tu-154, has been blamed for a number of crashes. The Russian airline Aeroflot pulled the model from its fleet of aircraft last year amid safety concerns.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Qantas and Airbus Back in the Air with the A380

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Qantas returned two of its A380 jets to the skies on Saturday after an explosion grounded the fleet earlier this month.  The Nov. 4 engine explosion sent the A380 back to the Singapore airport for an emergency landing. 

The mid-air explosion was the most serious safety incident to date for the gigantic jet.  Qantas officials now say the fleet, with its Rolls Royce engines, has been closely examined.  The Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines needed to have some turbines replaced.  Qantas CEO Alan Joyce told reporters before Saturday's flight, "We are 100 percent comfortable with it."

Joyce is one of the 478 passengers to climb on board the first post-accident flight, bound from Sydney to Singapore and on to London. 

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