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.
GV PAN NIGHT SHOT Truck carrying Soviet jet out of Hitachi Airbase
AERIAL V Russian ship in Hitachi port
SV Military police walking along quayside
GV Truck carrying plane arriving at harbour (2 shots)
LV & GV Crated plane being lifted on to ship (4 shots)
GV Children looking through binoculars at ship in harbour
The so-called "Foxbat Incident" has strained Soviet-Japanese relations, and recently a high level private conference on economic cooperation between the two countries was put off indefinitely by the Soviet side. The Japanese Government has also asked the Soviet to pay the cost of transporting the Foxbat from the airbase to the port, but there is no indication so far that the Russians will pay up.
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Background: 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.