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Red Square Pilot Rust Jailed After Nurse Is Stabbed

From Associated Press

Mathias Rust, imprisoned for more than a year after flying a single-engine plane past Soviet air defenses and into Moscow’s Red Square, was jailed Thursday after the stabbing of a young nurse.

Rust, 21, turned himself in more than two hours after fleeing the Hamburg-area hospital where he was working as an orderly under the federal Civilian Service, a pacifist alternative to compulsory military service in West Germany, police said.

According to police, Rust pulled an 18-year-old student nurse into a hospital changing room and, after locking the door behind them, attempted to kiss her.

When she resisted, she was stabbed twice in the stomach, police said.

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Rust fled the hospital after the incident shortly after 2 p.m. but was later taken into custody by police. He was not immediately charged.

Rust grabbed international headlines after his dramatic feat on May 28, 1987, when he piloted a rented Cessna across more than 500 miles of heavily defended Soviet territory.

He was sentenced in September, 1987, to serve four years in prison, but was pardoned in August, 1988.


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