A chinese Air Force Squadron Commander, who defected to Taiwan with a MIG-19 fighter plane, called on US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to help arrange the release of his family from China.
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SV MIG-19 FIGHTER PLANE
SV CAMERAMEN AND PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE
WV INFORMATION DIRECTOR GENERAL DING MCU SHIH ENTERING WITH DEFECTED PILOT
SV DEFECTED PILOT FAN RAISING HIS HANDS UP
SV DEFECTOR SPEAKING TO PRESS
CU FAN SHOWING HIS PISTOL (2 SHOTS)
SV CUTAWAY SHOT OF CAMERAMAN
SV FAN ANSWERING TO NEWSMEN
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SV DEFECTOR FAN CLAPPING AND HANDS UP
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Background: A chinese Air Force Squadron Commander, who defected to Taiwan with a MIG-19 fighter plane, called on US Secretary of State Cyrus Vance to help arrange the release of his family from China.
Forty-one-year-old Fan Yuan-Yen on Thursday landed safely at Tainan air base on the southwest coast of the island after flying across the 100-mile-wide Formosa Strait from Fukien Province on an air intelligence flight.
His aircraft was an all-weather air-photo reconnaissance plane.
One day after his defection, Fan said at the press conference in Taipei, "There is no freedom, no democracy in China mainland .... You will never know how many people have been slain by the communists."
"I left behind my wife and three children in China. ut I can't do anything about it. I am sure they will be tortured by the communists because of my defection." he continued.
Mr. Vance is scheduled to make his first visit to Peking as Secretary of State in August.
The Taiwan Government has given the pilot 800,000 US Dollars worth of gold as reward for defecting with the MIG fighter.