Turkish Combat Air Force Commander Gen. Abidin Ünal announced on March 11 that the fleet of RF-4E fighter jets, which have been involved in three accidents in less than two weeks, killing six pilots, will be decommissioned as of March 12.

Speaking at the Combatant Air Force and Air Missile Defense Command, Ünal announce that the flights of the RF-4E jets would be terminated from March 12, the “war reconnaissance codes” tests of F-16 fighter jets were finalized on March 10.

Two Turkish RF-4E jets crashed during a training exercise in the eastern province of Malatya on Feb. 24, killing four soldiers. At the same time, the jet that Syrian air defenses downed on June 22, 2012, killing two Turkish soldiers, was also an RF-4. […]