A Syrian MIG-25 fighter jet was shot down by an Israeli missile over a village seven miles (12 kilometres) east of the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 31.
NBC: GV Syrian MIG fighter plane catches fire in flight after being hit by Israeli missile; plummets to ground; explosion heard
VISNEWS BEIRUT: SV TILT DOWN Rescue workers hose down plane wreckage
GV Rescue team sifts through wreckage (2 shots)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Charred body of pilot among wreckage
GV Workers hosing down wreckage (2 shots)
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Background: A Syrian MIG-25 fighter jet was shot down by an Israeli missile over a village seven miles (12 kilometres) east of the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 31. The pilot's charred body was later found in the wreckage, and the co-pilot is being held by Israeli military authorities. The fighter plane, one of the highest-fastest in the world and nicknamed the "Fox-Bat, came down over the village of Ain Saade, striking a apartment building. No civilians were reported seriously hurt. The Israelis, who used a ground-to-air Hawk missile to attack the Syrian plane, said they believed it was monitoring Israeli troop movements on a high-altitude photo-reconnaissance mission. It was the first Syrian plane shot down since the Israeli-Syrian ceasefire, declared on July 11. Observers thought this showed that Israeli controlled the air space above, and beyond Beirut.