• Short Summary

    A BULGARIAN MIG JET FIGHTER CRASHED MYSTERIOUSLY JANUARY 20 NEAR A NATO BASE AT BARI, SOUTHERN ITALY...

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    A BULGARIAN MIG JET FIGHTER CRASHED MYSTERIOUSLY JANUARY 20 NEAR A NATO BASE AT BARI, SOUTHERN ITALY...A CRASH REVEALING THAT THE MIG PILOTED BY 24-YEAR-OLD LIEUTENANT MILOCH PODGOROS OF THE BULGARIAN AIR FORCE, WAS EQUIPPED FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE RECONNAISSANCE.

    LIEUTENANT PODGOROS, WHO ESCAPED FROM THE CRASH WITH A BROKEN ARM AND A GASH ON THE HEAD, SAID JANUARY 21 THAT HE WISHED TO APPLY FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM IN ITALY.BUT ITALIAN COUNTER-ESPIONAGE INVESTIGATING THE CASE, SAID THERE WERE SERIOUS INDICATIONS THAT THE PILOT'S REQUEST WAS A STANDARD ONE USED BY COMMUNIST SPY PLANE CREWS WHEN FORCED TO LAND OUTSIDE THEIR OWN TERRITORY.

    ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATIONS, IF THE PILOT'S INTENTION HAD BEEN TO SEEK ASYLUM THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO CLEARLY VISIBLE AIRPORTS NEARBY AT RIMINI AND BARI.THE REASON FOR CRASH-LANDING MIGHT BE FAULTY MANOEUVERING OR ENGINE TROUBLE.

    THE BULGARIAN LEGATION IN ROME, AT FIRST REPORTED TO HAVE TOLD JOURNALISTS THAT "THERE HAS BEEN A MISTAKE - THE CRASHED AIRCRAFT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BULGARIA", WAS LATER SAID TO CLAIM THAT THE MIG HAD FLOWN OFF COURSE ON ACCOUNT OF"VERY BAD WEATHER IN BULGARIA".THERE ARE ABOUT FOUR HUNDRED MILES BETWEEN THE ITALIAN COAST AND THE NEAREST POINT IN BULGARIA.PARTS OF ALBANIA AND YUGOSLAVIA LIE IN BETWEEN.

    EQUIPMENT CARRIED BY THE BULGARIAN PLANE WAS SAID TO BE DESIGNED FOR THE SAME TYPE OF HIGH ALTITUDE PHOTOGRAPHIC MISSION AS THAT CARRIED BY THE U-2 AIRCRAFT OF AMERICAN PILOT GARY POWERS.HE WAS BROUGHT DOWN IN RUSSIA IN MAY, 1960, AND WAS IMPRISONED FOR TEN YEARS.ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS ARE REFERRING TO THE MIG CRASH AS A "U-2 CASE IN REVERSE".

    ITALY HAS STRONGLY PROTESTED TO BULGARIA ABOUT THE INCIDENT.MEANWHILE, FILM FOUND IN THE AIRCRAFT IS BEING INVESTIGATED IN ROME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABWS5DSO9V8RNJOD7PL822J7P4
    Media URN:
    VLVABWS5DSO9V8RNJOD7PL822J7P4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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