Conflicting reports over Syria's fighter jet crash

A fighter jet is engulfed in flames in this still picture taken from amateur video (unable to independently verify content). Photo: Reuters

A Syrian fighter jet has crashed in flames in disputed circumstances as rebels claimed to have shot down a government jet in the same area only hours earlier.

State media said technical problems had caused the crash in eastern Syria and a search was underway for the pilot who had ejected from the aircraft during a "regular training mission".

However, a video from the Syrian rebels purports to show they had captured the pilot who ejected from the plane.

The authenticity of the video shown on the pan-Arab network Al-Arabiya could not be independently confirmed. But it comes amid conflicting accounts over the MiG fighter.

ITV News' Middle East correspondent John Ray reports:

In the video, the man believed to be the pilot says:

My assignment was to bomb the city of Mohassan. I send a message to other soldiers to defect from gangs of the regime.

My plane was shot down. The rebels took good care of me and provided me with immediate medical assistance

ITV News cannot independently verify the content or location of the footage.

If the rebel claims are true, it could mark a significant jump in their ability to combat widening air attacks from President Bashar Assad's forces.

Later today, foreign ministers at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed that Syria should be suspended from the international body, an OIC source said.