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19 August 2010 :: 12:08:49 pm 35722

Nth. Korean Fighter Jet Crashes in Possible Defection Bid

A North Korean fighter jet, believed to be a MiG21 has crashed on the border with China in what is being hailed as a possible defection attempt by the pilot. At present it is unknown what was the cause of the crash as authorities in the region moved quickly to contain the incident site.
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North Korea, 19th August 2010: A North Korean plane has crashed in China, near the shared border. The pilot who was the only person on board was killed in what is believed to have been an attempt to defect to Russia. The crash was reported to have destroyed a house, but no one on the ground had been injured.  South Korea’s defense officials believe the plane was a MiG21 which is a fairly advanced model.

It has been confirmed that the plane went down in the district of Fushun approximately 120 miles from North Korea’s air base.  Locals managed to obtain photos of the wreckage before security officials arrived to blockade the area.

Officials believe the plane may have flown off course on its way to Russia, but the reason for the crash remains a mystery. It has become increasingly common for North Korean citizens and soldiers to defect to China due to the food shortage, but it is extremely rare for pilots.

It is known that three North Korean pilots defected to South Korea in the past, but never to Russia. The last North Korean pilot to have defected to South Korea was in May 1996 when he flew a MiG19 to South Koreas’ air base at Suwon. A second pilot took advantage of a training exercise in February 1983 to fly a MiG19 to a different base in Seoul and the first to defect flew a MiG15 to South Korea in September 1953, two months after the end of the Korean War.

North Korea has a repatriation agreement with China which could explain the reason why the pilot tried to make his way to Russia. Military experts believe the plane may have been a Soviet era fighter jet which had been used during the 1950-53 Korean War. North and South Korea are technically still at war although they have a ceasefire agreement which was made in 1953, with the border being a heavily militarized zone

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