Taiwanese pilot planned to defect to mainland China with US-made army helicopter, court told

by Lawrence Chung at scmp.com

  • Island army officer agreed to a Chinese offer to fly a CH-47 Chinook onto a PLA aircraft carrier, prosecutors say
  • Pilot was arrested for spying following US$15 million bribe to steal helicopter, indictment says

A Taiwanese army pilot was offered US$15 million to defect by landing an US-made transport helicopter on a People’s Liberation Army Navy aircraft carrier during a military drill near the island, according to prosecutors.

But the scheme fell through after the officer was arrested in August for allegedly spying for Beijing, a Taiwan court has heard.