Ethiopia: Pilot Hijacked Our Military Helicopter to Eritrea – AP

The Ethiopian Defense Ministry charges that a pilot hijacked to Eritrea an attack helicopter which went missing a few days ago. In a statement issued late Monday the ministry said the pilot of the Ethiopian attack

The Ethiopian Defense Ministry charges that a pilot hijacked to Eritrea an attack helicopter which went missing a few days ago.

In a statement issued late Monday the ministry said the pilot of the Ethiopian attack helicopter forced his co-pilot and technician to land in Eritrean territory.

The helicopter was conducting a routine training flight when it disappeared on Friday morning, prompting a massive military search across northern Ethiopia.

It’s unusual for Ethiopian army personnel to flee to Eritrea though Eritrean troops often across the border into Ethiopia, citing harsh conditions and forced conscription into the military.

Relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia have been consistently strained since Eritrea gained its independence from the Addis Ababa government in 1993 following a 30-year guerrilla war.

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  • Tamrat Tamrat December 25, 2014

    Soon there will be war. People are not that fool they flee their home land just for the sake of economical advantage. They flee because they know what is coming. After 25 years we couldn’t be surprised but it is sad to be so powerless and end up like this. One more thing. The war which explodes soon will serve only non ethio-eritreans.

  • wedi ali December 25, 2014

    weyane will destroy hgdef soon believe me or not.

  • yodit December 25, 2014

    way way bel listro weyane gena kulu kmeze eu down with weyane!!!

  • Ahmed salih December 26, 2014

    Wow what a great Christmas give to our defense force. Good job ethiopian pilot

  • Mesinas December 27, 2014

    ኣየ ግዜ! እዚ ሓደ ደሞዝ ውሒዱኒ ኢሉ ዝኾረየ ወተሃደር ወያነ መጺኡኒ ኢሉ ንሳልስቲ ዳንኬራ ዝገብር ዝነበረ ጉጅለ ምልክስ፡ ሎሚ ዋጋ ሰላስን ሓሙሽተን ሚልዮን ዶላር ናይ ኲናት ሄሊኮፕተር መጺኣቶ ክነሳ ዓቢጡዋ ጥርቅም! ቀደም እንተ ዚኸውን ኔሩስ’ምበር ሕሩድ ኣውሪዱ ውሃ ዘበለ ፌስታ ምገበራላ ኔሩ’ዩ! ሕጂ ከምኡ ዘይምግባሩ ግን እዚ ጃንዳ ምልኪ፡ በቲ ባዕሉ ዝፈጠሮ ንጸላ ምስ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ቈሪሩ፡ መዕቆቢ ከምዘይብሉ ስለ ዝተገንዘበ ንወያነ ከየቐይም ክብል ከይፈተወ ትም ሕትም’ዩ ዝበለ። ኣየ ኣየ ኣየ! እቲ ብስም ልኡላውነት ጃንዳ ህግደፍ ህዝቢ ዘጽንተሉ ዘሎ ዶባትከ ጉጅለ ምልኪ ክሕሉዎ ይኽእል’ዩ ኢሉ ዝኣምን ኤርትራዊ ይህሉዶ ይኸውን!?

  • groom December 27, 2014

    we have to bring our helicopter back other wise ……..talk to them

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