A Syrian fighter jet has defected to Jordan and its pilot is seeking political asylum in the kingdom.
The defection was confirmed by Jordanian information minister Sameeh Maaytah.
Initially, Jordanian officials said the plane made an emergency landing at a northern Jordanian airbase. They said the Russian-made MiG-21 landed at the King Hussein Air Base in Mafraq, a northern Jordanian town bordering Syria.
Earlier a spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army said the group had encouraged the pilot to defect.
Syria's state-run TV reported earlier that authorities had lost contact with a MiG-21 that was on a training mission in the country. The report gave no further details.
Since an uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime began in March last year, Syrian troops have refrained from using military warplanes against rebels.