Two Libyan air force colonels have defected to Malta after landing their Mirage fighter planes on the Mediterranean Island.
They claim they took off from Tripoli under orders to bomb protesters in Benghazi, but overflew their targets. The pair are currently being questioned by the Maltese authorities. One of the pilots has requested political asylum.
Police are also probing seven passengers who landed in Malta from Libya on board two helicopters. It is suggested that the French registered helicopters left Libya without the authorisation of the authorities.
Reports claim that only one of the passengers on board carried a French passport.