in Defence

Pilots killed in Libyan military plane crash

Posted 30 May 2017 · Add Comment

Two pilots were killed last Tuesday when a Libyan National Army (LNA) air force SIAI-Marchetti SF.260 crashed while conducting a surveillance patrol of the Libya-Sudan border on Tuesday last week. Oscar Nkala reports.

Led by renegade General Khalifa Haftar, the LNA is the defence force of the House of Representatives (HOR) government based in Tobruk. Libya has two other governments including the UN-recognised 'Presidency Council' which is a coalition of militias that control the capital Tripoli.

In a statement, the LNA said the SF.260 from the Al-Kufra Air Base lost contact with air traffic control while it was combing the south-eastern border following intelligence reports that armed men driving in a convoy had entered Libya from Sudan.

The air force started searching for the aircraft soon after it went off radar around 3pm on Tuesday afternoon. However, the crash debris was only found on Friday in the Hanager district, about 350km south of its home base in the city of Al-Kufra.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Ethiopian Group CEO named ‘Airline Executive of the Year’ by CAPA

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam has been recognised as ‘Airline Executive of the Year’ at the annual Global Aviation Awards for Excellence organised by Centre for Aviation (CAPA) in Malta on 5th December 2019.

How single can west African skies be?

West Africa seems to be facing particular problems as it tries to come to grips with implementation of the single African air transport market (SAATM). Chukwu Emeke reports.

Routes Africa: African aviation market will grow to over 356 million passengers by 2038

The African aviation market will grow to over 356 million passengers by 2038, according to International Air Transport Association latest forecast.

International players behind Libya’s drone war

Strikes are taking place every day in Libya’s deadly drone war. In the first conflict where unmanned aerial systems (UAS) are making up the bulk of the air operations, both sides have successfully attacked opposition aircraft. Alan

African airlines’ traffic climbed 1.8% in October

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic data for October 2019 showing that demand (measured in total revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) climbed 3.4% compared to the year-ago period.

SAA to enter into business rescue

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that the Board of Directors of SAA has adopted a resolution to place the company into business rescue at the earliest opportunity.

AVMENA20 SK1309100620
See us at
AVAFA20BT2207050320AVMENA20 BT1309100620