MiG-21 Fighter Pilot Defected Syria to Jordan

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

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Lost contact during practice session

Syrian fighter pilot made an emergency landing at a military base Jordan, then he asked for political asylum.

“The pilot was Russian-made MiG fighter aircraft made an emergency landing at a base in Mafraq King Hussein, northern Jordan near the Syrian border,” said a source in the government, which is not to be named told AFP.

But until now there has been no confirmation about the defection of a fighter pilot.

According to Syrian television, the authorities lost contact with the MiG-21, during a practice session.

“The plane was flown by Colonel Hassan Merhi al-Hamade, near the Syrian border, when it lost contact at 10:34 am local time,” the television report.

More than 120 thousand inhabitants fled to Syria after fleeing violence in their homeland.

The UN register of about 20 thousand of delivery.

Since violence erupted in Syria in March 2011, according to the UN and human rights organizations, about 15 thousand people have been killed.

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