Flashback: MNG Jet Says Employee Acted Alone in Arranging Escape Flights for Fugitive Ghosn

 - January 6, 2022, 10:57 AM
Aviation International News Feb. 2020 p.17

With AIN Media Group's Aviation International News and its predecessor Aviation Convention News celebrating the company's 50th year of continuous publication this year, AIN’s editorial staff is going back through the archives each month to bring readers some interesting events that were covered over the past half-century.

REWIND (JANUARY 2020): As part of the probe into indicted auto executive Carlos Ghosn’s daring escape from Japan in December 2019, Turkish police apparently continue to hold four pilots named as Turkish nationals. Also being held is an employee of Turkish charter provider MNG Jet as part of their investigation into how two of the Istanbul-based operator’s aircraft were used by the automotive executive to escape from Japan to Lebanon.

FAST-FORWARD: As he was awaiting trial and under house arrest in Japan on charges of financial misconduct, former Nissan CEO Ghosn conducted a Hollywood-style escape, being smuggled aboard a Global 6000 hidden in a music equipment box. In Istanbul, he was transferred to a Challenger 300 for the flight to extradition immunity in Beirut. While others were prosecuted for their role in helping plan and conduct the scheme, Ghosn has thus far escaped justice.