Tanks move into position as Erdogan supporters attempt to stop them in Ankara late Friday
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At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights.The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.A senior Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that Erdogan's business jet had been challenged while flying from the airport that serves Marmaris by two F-16s commandeered by the coup plotters but that he had managed to reach Istanbul safely.A second senior official also said the presidential plane had been "in trouble in the air" but gave no details.Flight tracker websites showed a Gulfstream IV aircraft, a type of business jet owned by the Turkish government, take off from Dalaman airport, which is about an hour and a quarter's drive from Marmaris, at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday morning.The head of the armed forces, Hulusi Akar, was held hostage at the base during the coup attempt but was eventually rescued.
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