KARENNI STATE – According to certain military news sources, a pilot from a Kakakorum-8 (K-8) struck by Karenni revolutionary forces on 11th November 2023, the commencement day of 1111 operation, was arrested on 19th November.
The fighter jet whose wings and fuselage were damaged by the point five heavy machine gun (50 Browning Machine Gun) used by Karenni revolutionary forces, was being flown by two pilots and one of them has not been caught till now. Another was arrested by the revolutionary forces nine days after the crash.
A spokesman for the news of revolutionary battles explained that the places where the pilot was arrested and relocated to cannot be revealed due to the risk of airstrike by junta forces to prevent the pilot from revealing the junta’s operations.
Another spokesperson said, “He was caught and detained on November 19. This is all we can say for now.”
The fighter jet’s pilot is Major Khaing Thant Moe, a 43-year-old military officer who took DSA (Defense Service Academy) 44th intake.
The aircraft struck was the Hongdu JL-8(Nanchang JL-8) known as Karakorum-8(K-8), a light fighter aircraft made in China, from which two pilots parachuted and the parachute and the other para gear belonging to them were found by Karenni forces on 11th November.
General Zaw Min Htun, a spokesperson of State Administrative Council (SAC), denied that the crash was not caused by the airstrike but due to faulty machinery parts while being flown.
The video record of how the aircraft was struck and flew after, emitting exhaust fumes was publicized by the Karenni forces to disprove the junta spokesperson’s denial.
The Ministry of Defense of NUG has released a statement with the photo that debris of the aircraft struck were found near a farmhouse between Kamerde Poli village and Mayaw Poli village in Thandaunggyi township, Karen State on 12th November, a day after the crash.
SAC is reportedly suffering a crushing defeat in ground battles, which is why it is only relying on the violent airstrikes leading to hundreds of civilian casualties across Myanmar.