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