Another Ethiopian Air Force Pilot Defects, likely to Eritrea
Just six days after four senior Ethiopian Air Force pilots defected to Kenya, the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) news agency is reporting yet another air force desertion.
The Amsterdam-based network says an Ethiopian Mi-35 Air Force pilot has defected and joined the exiled Ethiopian opposition, and added more information will be revealed soon.
ESAT didn't reveal which neighboring country the pilot defected to, but it's highly likely to be Eritrea, since it's the only country bordering Ethiopia that protects Ethiopian asylum seekers.
In its report, ESAT also revealed the names of the four Ethiopian Air Force pilots that defected to Kenya on December 31st. They are MiG-23 pilot, Capt. Gezakegn Derese and three MI-35 Helicopter pilots, Capt. Daniel Girma, Lieut. Masresha Sette, and Bruk Atnae.
Over the last 10 months, a total of 16 Ethiopian Air Force pilots (not including technicians) have defected to neighboring countries; with predominantly of them to Eritrea. The absconding pilots brought with them various multi million dollar military aircrafts, making their desertion a costly blow to the TPLF regime.
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