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(CBS/AP) DAMASCUS - Syria's state-run TV said Thursday that authorities had lost contact with a military plane that was on a training mission in the country, as officials in neighboring Jordan reportedly said the plane had landed in that country, suggesting a defection.
According to Syrian TV, the military lost contact with the MiG-21 warplane near the nation's southern border with Jordan late in the morning. The report said the plane was piloted by a Col. Hasan Merhi al-Hamadeh.
Earlier reports said the Syrian jet had landed at the King Hussein airbase in al-Mafraq - which sits only about 20 miles south of the Syrian city of Daraa, which has seen intense fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces in recent months. Syrian officials would not comment on the reports out of Jordan.
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by SLAYER69
I think Pilots are smart. They know offering up pieces of Military hardware,pays for their freedom.
In any case, Hopefully the situation will resolve itself without intervention from the Western Powers.
Jordan grants asylum to Syrian pilot as death toll spikes
No matter how you attempt to spin peoples opinions posting the wrong title [Which by the way is against ATS Breaking Alternative News format] just makes you look desperate and lowers the standards here at ATS IMO.
Originally posted by Agent_USA_Supporter
Originally posted by TinfoilTP
Syria is boo hooing and want their genocide machine back,
Syria says defector pilot is a traitor, wants jet back
And the rebels in your mind are pure angles who wouldn't harm a fly.
Did the Syrian pilot willingly defect or did he have "incentive" to do so?
Some inconsistencies in the story...
The earliest reporting has the pilot making an emergency landing in Jordan. But that changed to defection.
Checking out SANA first
SANA initially reported that contact had been lost with the plane.
"“Earlier, an official source announced that contact was lost with an MiG-21 aircraft that was on a training flight.”
Then SANA reports that the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Jordan
"In Amman, a Jordanian government source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the MiG-21 warplane was forced to land in north Jordan."
Since Syria had lost contact with the plane and it's pilot the the information of the "forced landing" had to have come from Jordan.