North Korean plane crashes in China


danielchin

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A short but interesting news on Xinhua that an unidentified small airplane had crashed at Largu, FuShun, LiaoNiang Province on 8/17 afternoon.
Could it be a spy UAV from a neighboring country?
According to the news, the incident is still under investigation.
 

siegecrossbow

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A short but interesting news on Xinhua that an unidentified small airplane had crashed at Largu, FuShun, LiaoNiang Province on 8/17 afternoon.
Could it be a spy UAV from a neighboring country?
According to the news, the incident is still under investigation.
Hopefully it is just some poor pilot who got disoriented in a Cessna. Imagine the escalation if it were, indeed, a spy drone that crashed!
 

ZTZ99

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If it's a foreign fighter that crashed, that raises the question of how secure the Chinese airspace is.
 

rhino123

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Agree with what ZTZ99 had said. All those fancy radars breakthrough seemed to be kind of useless.

The plane that crash was a Mig-21... which was an obsolete fighter with no stealth capability at all... and it could get into China airspace that easy. Make me wonder, what would a real stealth aircraft like the B-2 and F22 could do.
 

terrorhunter

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what makes you believe that the planes was not tracked? im pretty sure that they knew what it was way before the photos came out
 

lcloo

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Largu town is about 200 Km from North Korea border and about 50KM from Shenyang city. From the photo the plane has no burned mark and did not break up, most likely it ran out of fuel trying to reach Shenyang airport.

I understand to prevent pilot defection, the planes are normally filled with just enough fuel for flying just about to their southern border. If the pilot wanted to defect, the only way is to fly north into China. Just my 2 cent thought.
 

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New York Times said:
North Korean Plane Crashes in China

By DAVID BARBOZA and CHOE SANG-HUN
Published: August 18, 2010


SHANGHAI — A North Korean plane crashed in northern China on Tuesday, apparently killing the pilot, the only person on board, according to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, citing unnamed intelligence sources, said that the plane appeared to be a Soviet-era military jet and that the pilot might have been trying to defect.

Xinhua said the plane crashed into a house in a rural area of Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea. The Chinese report said that no one on the ground was killed or injured in the accident.

Cao Yunjuan, a 54-year-old farmer in Fushun County, where the crash occurred, said she saw the plane going down but that she heard no explosion.

“Around 3 p.m. yesterday, I saw a small plane going down and soon it disappeared from my view,” she said in a telephone interview on Wednesday. “There was no blast, though.”

Ms. Cao said she lives less than a mile from the crash site and that when she and other villagers went to see the wreckage, many saw a North Korean emblem on the plane’s tail.

Police officials have since cordoned off the area, she said.

Xinhua said China was now communicating with North Korea about the accident.

Yonhap said the North Korean aircraft appeared to be a MiG-21 jet. Quoting an unnamed South Korean military source, it said the jet took off from an airfield in Sinuiju, a North Korean town on the far western border with China. Yonhap said the pilot appeared to be defecting to Russia but lost course and crashed in China. Officials in the South Korean Defense Ministry declined to comment on the Yonhap reports.

Although thousands of North Koreans have fled their repressive home country in the past decade and a half, it would be highly unusual for an elite pilot to defect to a foreign country. A North Korean pilot flew his MiG-19 to defect to South Korea in 1983. Another North Korean pilot did the same in 1996.


David Barboza reported from Shanghai, and Choe Sang-Hun from Seoul, South Korea. Bao Beibei contributed research from Shanghai.
There are a couple of photos of the MiG-21 online already, it looked like it was already in pretty rough shape even before it crashed.
 

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