Syrian pilot defects, requests asylum in Jordan

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Posted: Jun 21, 2012 7:02 AM
Syrian pilot defects, requests asylum in Jordan
AMMAN (Reuters) - The pilot of a Syrian MiG 21 fighter jet who flew his plane to Jordan on Thursday asked for political asylum on landing, Jordanian Minister of State for Information Samih al-Maaytah said."He requested political asylum in Jordan. He is being debriefed at the moment," Maaytah told Reuters.Syrian state television named the pilot as Colonel Hassan Hamada, saying communications were lost with his plane while he was on a training mission near the border with Jordan.(Reporting by Suleiman al-Khalidi, Amman newsroom; Editing by Janet Lawrence)