Friday, June 22, 2012

Syrian fighter pilot along with MiG-21 defects to Jordan

A Syrian air Force pilot, Col Hassan Mirei al-Hamadeh, along with his MiG-21 Soviet built aircraft defected to Jordan and landed at the King Hussein Air Base in Mafraq, close to the Syrian border, Thursday 21 June.

The pilot has asked for asylum on humanitarian grunds, as the colonel would be tortured or killed if he returned home.

A Jordanian security source said the pilot had flown from al-Dumair military airport, north-east of Damascus.


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