Captain Samuel Ghidey and Lieutenant Yililign Mekonen Hijacked Military Helicopter to Eritrea

ethiopian-air-force-620December 24, 2014 – An Ethiopian air force pilot has defected to Eritrea, flying a helicopter across the border with his co-pilot and a technician, Ethiopian state-run media said on Tuesday..

In a statement issued late Monday the ministry of defence 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 of ELF and EPLF  guerrilla war against Haille Selassie and Mengistu Haille mariam.

Some sources have identified the two missing pilots as Captain Samuel Ghidey and Lieutenant Yililign Mekonen.

The latest defection brings the total number Ethiopian air force pilots to have defected this year to Eritrea to 11, with eight deserting in October alone.


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4 Responses to Captain Samuel Ghidey and Lieutenant Yililign Mekonen Hijacked Military Helicopter to Eritrea

  1. daniel joseph

    December 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    It is quiet astonishing when one chooses to go to hell
    of all places eritrea a land of the damened.
    No matter how one hates the regime in Ethiopia it is only out of jelousey
    I am an eritrean but I love ethiopia

    • simba

      January 9, 2015 at 7:55 AM

      It is very sad to hear u saying, “I’m an Eritrean” and yet despise ur own mother country. An Eritrean should be proud of being an Eritrean likewise, an Ethiopian should be proud of being an Ethiopian. So, Daniel u r not Eritrean because u r ashamed of being earitrean. Poor guy! mentally sick.

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    December 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    We don’t need any eritrean s who cares you love us or hate us we don’t trust you no more for the matter of fact I hate those individuals who says I don’t like my self I like you don’t ful your self betrayal senescence sew Lebanon end ante an et sew awed I’m hidna belesihin more kitfo .

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