• Short Summary

    A Soviet Mig-25 jet, which was flown to Japan by a defecting Russian pilot two months ago, has been loaded on board a Soviet freighter before being shipped back to the Soviet Union.

  • Description

    A Soviet Mig-25 jet, which was flown to Japan by a defecting Russian pilot two months ago, has been loaded on board a Soviet freighter before being shipped back to the Soviet Union.

    SYNOPSIS: The aircraft was broken down into 13 parts and packed in crates for the truck journey from the Hyakuri airbase to the northern Japanese port of Hitachi. The journey began in the early hours of Friday morning (12 November), and the dismantled plane was carried by a convoy of eight trucks.

    About two thousand five hundred policemen guarded the 42-mile (68 km.) route from Hyakuri to Hitachi which Ides about 95 miles (152 km.) northeast of Tokyo. No incidents were reported during the move. The freighter which will transport it back to Russia usually carries timber. Before it leaves Japan, about 20 Soviet experts on board the ship will examine the Mig.

    The plane -- code-named Foxbat by NATO officials -- was flown to Japan by Lieutenant Victor Belenko, who has since been granted political asylum in the United States. Japan has demanded Soviet compensation for the damage caused by the plane's emergency landing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2WGTRDGSE9X51YVZWROS5UQP4
    Media URN:
    VLVA2WGTRDGSE9X51YVZWROS5UQP4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/11/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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