Turkey has shot down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border, a senior Turkish official told Al Jazeera.

Reports said that the plane was downed on Syrian territory in Latakia's Yamadi village.

The plane was downed by the Turkish military according to the rules of engagement because it violated Turkish airspace, the Turkish official said.

The Turkish president's office identified the plane as Russian and said it was warned before being shot down, according to semi-official Anadolou agency.

A Turkish military statement said that the plane violated Turkish air space in the Hatay province and was warned 'ten times in five minutes'.

"Our two F-16 planes on air patrol duty intervened in the plane in question on November 24, 2015, 9:24am, according to the rules of engagement," the statement said.

The Russian defence ministry said that an SU-24 fighter jet crashed in Syria as a result of an attack from the ground.

"A probe is in progress into the circumstances of the Russian plane crash," the ministry was quoted as saying by the TASS Russian News Agency, adding that the plane had stayed within Syrian airspace.

"Objective monitoring data confirm this."

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Gaziantep, said the plane was shot down near mountains of Antakya.

"What we know so far, a plane was shot down on Syria's border with Turkey, near mountains of Antakya, a scene of a lot of violence of late.

"Witnesses saw two pilots being ejected from the plane," Ahelbarra added.

The Dogan news agency said witnesses reported that the aircraft crashed over tents built in the village and that the pilots bailed out with the help of parachutes.

Dogan also reported that smoke had been rising from the region. 

Ahmed Davutoglu, Turkey's prime minister, ordered the foreign ministry to consult NATO, the UN and related countries on the development, his office said in a statement on Tuesday.

Courtesy Aljazeera