North Korean Pilot May Have Been Defecting When He Crashed | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 03.03.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 03.02.15

Airborne 03.03.15

Airborne 02.25.15

Airborne 02.26.15

Airborne 02.27.15

Fri, Aug 20, 2010

North Korean Pilot May Have Been Defecting When He Crashed

Fighter Jet Went Down In China About 90 Miles From N. Korean Border

Some sources in South Korea are quietly speculating that the pilot of North Korean military jet which went down in China near the Korean border may have been defecting.

Details are sketchy coming out of China, but the plane is thought to be a Russian-made MiG 21. The accident occurred Tuesday, and the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the crash. The Chinese government says he was killed when the plane impacted the ground in Liaoning Province about 93 miles from the Chinese border with North Korea.

One intelligence source told The Korea Times that the North Korean military has reduced food rations, and that the pilot may have been defecting simply out of hunger. Recent currency reform in North Korea failed, and there are reports that the nation is having a difficult time feeding its populace. Defections have reportedly increased this year, with most escaping on foot to China.

The paper reports that North Korean pilots have defected with their airplanes twice before in the past 27 years. Both of those pilots fled to South Korea in military airplanes. Sources said this aircraft was more likely headed to Russian but the pilot got lost and went down in China instead.

FMI: www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/18902.htm

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 03.02.15: HeliExpo, UAL Pilot Warning, WWII Flyover, RAF Aids In WV

Also: Blue Angels, Fuel Taxes, Twirly Birds, Bell 429WG, Delta Selects GoGo It’s common for airlines to issue numerous safety notice to flight crews, but United Airlines issu>[...]

EASA Certifies Continental MotorsÂ’ CD-155 Engine For DA42 TDI

Now Approved For European Installation, FAA Certification Pending EASA has certified Continental Motors Group CD-155 hp Jet-A diesel engine option for installation in the Diamond t>[...]

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2014-2015 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), this may>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.15)

How Planes Work Need a great illustration of an airplane, clearly labeled, so you can explain -- again -- why planes stay up in the air? This is a good illustration; maybe they'll >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.15): Have Numbers

Used by pilots to inform ATC that they have received runway, wind, and altimeter information only.>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC