This story has more holes in it then a piece of Swiss cheese
Some inconsistencies in the story
And now an update at the bottom, please check it out!
The earliest reporting has the pilot making a forced emergency landing in Jordan.
But that changed to defection.
Checking out SANA first
SANA initially reported that contact had been lost with the plane.
"“Earlier, an official source announced that contact was lost with an MiG-21 aircraft that was on a training flight.”
SANA then reports that the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Jordan
"In Amman, a Jordanian government source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the MiG-21 warplane was forced to land in north Jordan."
Since Syrian officials had lost contact with the plane and it's pilot the the information of the "forced landing" had to have come from Jordan.
I was able to find remnants of that earlier reporting:
Including this one from Avion news
The Jordanian minister of Information Taher Adwan clarified the misunderstanding that saw Syrian media reiterate what they had been informed of via Jordan.
“Syrian Air Force MiG-21 aircraft landed this morning on the runway of the al-Mafraq air base, in the northern part of the country, was forced to do it because of emergency reasons”
Then Jordan "corrected" the news and the defection angle reigned supreme
The pilots story is interesting also-
He is either from Idlib Province or Deir Ezzor, a city in what I believe is a province of the same name.(correct me if I am mistaken, please)
Don't you find it odd the conflicting reports about where the pilot is from?
Doesn't he know where his home is? His family is? Or is the narrative still fluid?
Two conflicting reports
Toronto Star Or- here
TS: “A source indicated that Hamadeh is a father of five and a native of restive Idlib province, and that his family is said to be under rebel protection.”
AP: "The pilot is from Deir Ezzor (in eastern Syria) and his family is known for its opposition" to Assad's regime, spokesman George Sabra added." (The spokesman is of course the opposition giving us a narrative)
As the Toronto Star let's us know.. "his family is under rebel protection"
Is his family under rebel protection? Or has his family been kidnapped? Being spun as "protection"? Is his family being held hostage by the NATO backed rebels??
The rebels are vicious, without a doubt. Therefore, it is not a stretch to believe the pilot may have undertook the "defection" to save his family.
Why a pilot? What a pilot now? The psy-op value is huge for the push to war.
When one thinks of disgruntled military personnel wanting to defect, "grunts" come to mind.
The hard fighting, low paid boots on the ground. These individuals have the most to gain by defecting, possible increase in income and status etc., A pilot already has prestige, better pay and is less exposed to the possibility of being shot, exploded and generally blown to smithereens.
Therefore there is less incentive to defect.
Also as this article points out the Syrian Air Force is close to the Assad regime and pilots are very, very loyal.
"Defections in the air force form a real danger to the Syrian regime,” he added. “The only people who are allowed to join the air force in Syria are strong regime loyalists.”The fact that only loyalists are allowed in the air force bolsters the likelihood the pilot was forced to land in Jordan. As was initially reported.
The air force is particularly close to the regime. Mr. al-Assad's late father and predecessor, Hafez, was an air force pilot"
Making the contention that his family was kidnapped and being held by the rebels all the more plausible.
So why kidnap and hold the family of a pilot, thereby forcing him to "defect" ?
For the obvious reason, or what should be obvious, the pilot is going to provide gut wrenching testimony to bolster the opposition claims that the Syrian army is using planes and helicopters at attack " innocent" persons.
His gut wrenching emotional "testimonials" will get NATO the no fly zone they have wanted all along.
Another quote from above linked article
"The defection came at a time when Syria has started using its air force against rebels – something it had appeared reluctant to do previously. But in recent weeks, as rebels attacked government tanks, Syrian troops used helicopter gunships to besiege opposition areas."
All stories of Syrian troops using helicopter gunships etc have originated with the opposition. I haven't been able to find anything to really bolster those claims. Nothing credible that is.
For NATO to move there war plan to the next level, they have to get their no-fly zone in place. The only way they can "sell" this scheme, to make it palatable, is to create a narrative.
Conveniently just one day after Ambassador (death squad) Ford makes a call for defectors on Facebook,
NATO gets a straight out of Hollywood, summer blockbuster, worthy defection. A daring flight. Pilot allegedly getting out of the plane and kissing the tarmac. Wow!
To believe that crazy story is to believe that this specific pilot actually spends time on Ambassador Ford's Facebook pageand actually saw the appeal to defect. How likely do you suppose that is?
What seems the most credible scenario is the abduction of the pilot's family by the rebels, Ambassador Ford being made aware of it by his terrorist crew, then setting up the narrative via social media and letting the rest fall into place.
Keep an eye on the spin that follows this latest news out of Syria