Most readers are probably aware of the headlines, the crisis situation in the world, following the shooting down (by Turkish air force) of a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 on the border between Syria and Turkey. The SU-24 was conducting strike missions against ISIS targets near Latakia, Syria. Of the 2-man crew, both pilots ejected when their craft was destroyed. One of the pilots, Lieutenant-Colonel Oleg Peshkov was gunned down and killed by pro-Turkey/pro-ISIS fighters on the ground, as he attempted to parachute to safety. The other crew member, the navigator (Russian штурман), Capatain Konstantin Murakhtin, was luckier, and was able to escape from the ambush.
Today, we learn that Captain Murakhtin has been rescued. According to LifeNews, a team of 18 men from Syrian Special Ops plus 6 members of an elite Hezbollah brigade, were able to locate the man and rescue him. The Russian pilot had fled approximately 6 km into the woods and was able to hide out and survive for a full day. Rescuers located him by his radio signal. Murakhtin was then taken to a Russian airbase in Syria, where he is now. Doctors say that his condition is good.
Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the above information, and also announced that both pilots will be awarded medals, the deceased one posthumously. Lieutenant-Colonel Peshkov will be awarded the medal called “Hero of Russia Gold Star”. Murakhtin will receive the “Order of Courage”.