"...don't call me Junior!"
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The Chinese Co-Pilot and his pilot worked for Lao Che Air Freight. In 1935, they were instructed by Lao Che to kill Indiana Jones, Willie Scott and Short Round as they were leaving Shanghai.


Attempt on Indiana Jones and his friends

By 1935, this Chinese co-pilot served aboard a cargo-carrying Ford Tri-Motor Airplane from Lao Che Air Freight. On one scheduled cargo flight scheduled to leave in the early morning one day in 1935, the plane got three last-minute passengers: Indiana Jones, Willie Scott and Short Round; all booked by Earl Weber. The passengers arrived at Nang Tao Airport after escaping from Club Obi Wan and quickly got aboard the plane, which the pilot was preparing for take-off. Once the passengers got aboard, the pilot and his co-pilot spied Lao Che, their employer smiling outside the airport gate. Saluting their boss, the pilot took off.[1]

The co-pilot had received word from Lao Che to ditch the plane to kill Jones and his friends. After refueling in Chungking, they flew west, towards India, instead of flying south towards Bangkok, the supposed destination. When they were over the eastern Siwalik range, the pilot told him that it was the time to make their move, as their passengers were asleep. The co-pilot dumped the plane's fuel supply. After the pilot had made his way to the back of the cabin, the co-pilot tiptoed past the sleeping passengers. After the pilot opened the rear door, causing the poultry feathers to fly about the cabin, the co-pilot had to be prodded to the door to parachute out by his partner, who then followed him. However, their attempt on their passengers' lives ultimately failed, as Jones, Scott and Short Round jumped with an inflatable raft and survived.[1]

Questioned by René Belloq

The co-pilot and his partner were later questioned by the French mercenary archaeologist René Emile Belloq, one of Jones' rivals, over the certainty of Jones' death. However, Belloq was told that neither the co-pilot nor the pilot could confirm Jones' fate.[2]

Personality and traits

As described by René Emile Belloq, this Chinese co-pilot, as well as his pilot, was an "idiotic" due his unavailability to confirm if Indiana Jones was dead or not.[2]

Behind the scenes

The Chinese Co-Pilot was played by Michael Yama in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.



Notes and references

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