This is a special update to my post from earlier this morning.
LifeNews posted an exclusive interview with the navigator of the downed SU-24. We think that his name is Captain Konstantin Murakhtin. During the interview, for security reasons, he keeps his back to the camera, and the journalists only call him by the name “Konstantin”. His voice sounds a bit strange and cut off, almost as if dubbed in. Which makes me wonder if his words actually were dubbed in later, by a different man, in order to disguise Konstantin’s voice.
Here is my translation into English of the interview:
Reporter: How do you feel?
Konstantin (7 seconds in): On the whole, I am okay. Our military medics perform miracles.
Reporter: Do you know that area well, where your crew was flying?
Konstantin (19 seconds in): Of course. We had performed many military missions, and I know that area like the back of my hand. We had already completed our (bombing) mission and were heading back to the base. As the navigator, I know the way perfectly well, even without using the (plane’s) navigational devices.
Reporter: Konstantin, they say that for jet pilots, a kilometer is nothing more than a single second. It is possible that you and the captain without even noticing it might have wandered outside of the borders of Syrian air space?
Konstantin (1:03 minutes in): No. That is impossible. Not even for one second. All the more so, as the weather was perfectly fine and the skies were clear. Our entire route, up until the moment the rocket hit us, was under my full control. I could see very clearly on the map and below, where the border was, and where we were. We received no threats, no warnings from the Turks.
Reporter: So it’s not true that you received several warnings about crossing the Turkish border?
Konstantin (1:46 minutes in): In reality, we received no warnings whatsoever. Not by radio communication, nor visual. There was no contact whatsoever, which is why we continued on our usual course. If they had wished to warn us, they could have flown alongside us. But there was nothing like that. The rocket hitting us in the tail came as a complete surprise. We didn’t even see it coming, visually. Therefore we had no time to undertake evasive maneuvers.
Reporter: What is the next step in your medical treatment?
Konstantin (2:39 minutes in): I am waiting with impatience for the doctors to discharge me so that I can return to my rotation. I intend to request from my superiors, that they continue my rotation at the same airbase. So I can “pay it forward” for my Commander.