Two Libyan Air Force pilots on Monday defected to Malta in apparent protest after being asked to bomb Libyan civilians, a Maltese government source said.
In a separate statement, Malta's government said two Libyan Air Force Mirage F1 single-seat planes landed on the island on Monday afternoon.
"The military aircraft are being held at the Malta International Airport according to usual practices," the statement said. "The two pilots are being held by the police for further investigations."
The pilots requested to land after reporting fuel shortages, according to the statement.
AFP reported that the pair - one of whom it said had requested asylum - told Maltese military officers they were senior colonels.
The Maltese government source said the planes were armed with rockets and loaded machine guns.
- Journalist NatalinoÂ Fenech contributed to this report.
Think about the fact that these men probably knew their families would be tortured to death when they made a decision to save 100s of people. That is courage and sacrifice.
Folks, Take a close look at the rocket & bomb racks on the planes.
They are EMPTY. Looks like the pilots expended the munitions,
then thought they may not be able to go home AFTER!!!
No heroes there...
The outboard hardpoints appear to be fitted with pods for unguided air-to-ground rockets.
Hey Bert, Ya dont gotta DEFECT from the United States, Im pretty sure you can just leave .
before he use these missile and rocket,s brit,s and italian should betake is regime enough is enough for mad man he should be shot dead before he use these weapon on civilian
Libyan pilots defected to Malta
Maltese Island will take care of of every human around the world because we have a hearth for every one !! Libyans pilots will be save and they will keep in Malta because they must to be save !!! Reporting from Malta .
The winds of change. ha ha ha
Again, truth and right must be with Gaddafi, after all he is a world leader of â€śhuman rightsâ€ť â€“ an elected member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, no?!
Of course he is in the good company of other champions of â€śhuman rightsâ€ť on the council, like Pakistan and Mauritania.
The only country ever, and repeatedly, condemned by this outrageous council happens to be the minuscule secular democracy of Israel, while the massive horrors of Darfur, Zimbabwe etc. have been completely ignored. Astounding what influence massive Muslim oil wealth will buy, particularly from countries like Russia, China and Cuba who are guilty of colluding with this travesty.
The people of Libya are now paying the heavy price for that horrific charade at the UN that stands truth, justice and morality on end; who will be next?
Thank you two Libyan Air Force pilots for not killing people! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
They should have bombed Ghadaffi first before exiling to Malta.
We need to bring the F-111Gs out of retirement for one last mission.
If the tide starts to turn against the brave Libyan people, than I think we as freedom loving people should step in. I know our military is spread thin right now with two wars going on, but we simply cannot just sit here and allow this genocide to take place. We could start by destroying all of the aircraft that the mercenaries arrived in and at the same time destroy all of the combat ships. Thirty Seal and Ranger teams can be droped in to secure certain areas and get or take out Kadafy. We don't have to be concerned with the people since they are calling for help. This operation shouldn't take more than three weeks.
The maltese people are a friendly bunch. Even in the bible they are mentioned as very friendly when they welcomed St Paul to their shores. I am sure that these pilots and all those who make it to their shores will be welcomed. A small island with a big heart
If you think the madman of libya needs removal you should examine the government of UTAH. We need house cleaning at home!
UPSET ME TO WATCH CNN MENTIONING OIL INCREASE OVER THE LIBYA REVOLUTION. PEOPLE ARE DYING BECAUSE OF DESPOTISM AND OIL IS NOT IMPORTANT!!!!!
WAKE UP CNN. THIS IS NOT NICE.
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