RODING, West Germany — A Czechoslovak engineer escaped to the West in a motorized hang glider after eluding two military jets and landed in a forest just as his homemade aircraft ran out of gas, police said Tuesday.
The 39-year-old man, considered "an aeronautical whiz," had spent several years secretly building the hang glider with its little motor, a Bavarian police spokesman said.
The engineer reached West German airspace Monday night ahead of two Czechoslovak air force jets that had tried to intercept him, according to the spokesman.
In keeping with West German custom, the escapee's name was not released.
The police spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the flight began Monday at dusk in Domazlice, Czechoslovakia, 10 miles from the Bavarian border.