Greek fighters chase off Turkish jets violating air space

Four Turkish jets entered Greek air space south of the Aegean island of Samos on Thursday morning and were chased off by Greek fighters, Defense Ministry sources said.

The aircraft, two F-4 Phantoms and two F-16s, entered the Athens Flight Information Region (FIR) shortly before 9 a.m. and flew over the small island of Agathonisi at 8,000 feet.

The Turkish violation marked seven years to the day that Greek Air Force pilot Costas Iliakis was killed while trying to intercept a Turkish overflight.