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MiG airshow crash in Libya

A Libyan Air Force MiG-23 Flogger crashed during a demonstration flight at LAVEX 2009.


The ill-fated MiG-23 earlier in the week at LAVEX 2009. Key - Alan Warnes

October 7: A Libyan Air Force MiG-23 Flogger crashed during a demonstration flight at the Third Libyan Aviation Exhibition, LAVEX 2009, at Ma’atiqa International Airport near Tripoli.

The aircraft crashed just over a mile (2km) from the airport into a house in Souq Al-Jumaa near Tripoli, killing both pilots and injuring several people on the ground, according to French news agency AFP.

The aircraft is thought to have been a MiG-23UB Flogger-C operated by the 1023rd Squadron based at Tripoli-Ma’atiqa. It is believed that the Libyan Air Force has 30 MiG-23s of various marks in operational service.

AirForces Monthly will carry a feature from LAVEX 2009 in a future issue.

Filed Under Military Aviation News, Airshows News.


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PETE FRIIS said on the 21-Nov-2009 at 22:36

aviate,navagate.and communicate!!!

ali ahamed said on the 28-Mar-2010 at 16:10

rest in peace pilots

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