Thursday June 21, 2012
Syrian MiG fighter jet pilot defects to Jordan-sources
AMMAN: A Syrian MiG 21 fighter jet landed in Jordan on Thursday in what opposition activists said was the first defection involving an aircraft since the start of a 15-month-old uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
"The plane landed at King Hussein Airbase at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT)," a Jordanian security source told Reuters, referring to a military airport 80 kms (50 miles) northest of the capital Amman.
Syrian state television said communication was lost with a plane of the same model at 10:34 a.m. while it was on a training mission near the southern border with Jordan. - Reuters