Second Russian pilot rescued

The pilot was rescued in a 12-hour operation.

This frame grab from video by Haberturk TV, shows a Russian warplane on fire before crashing on a hill as seen from Hatay province, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Turkey shot down the Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings. Russia denied that the plane crossed the Syrian border into Turkish skies. (Haberturk TV via AP) TURKEY OUT

SYRIA (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says the surviving pilot of the Russian plane that was shot down by Turkey has been rescued.

Putin says the pilot is now safe at a Russian airbase in Syria. Russia’s defense minister says the man was rescued in a 12-hour operation, which ended Wednesday morning.

The other pilot died. Russia says he was killed by Syrian rebel fire as he parachuted to the ground.

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