Libyan Arab Jamahiriyya Air Force (القوات الجوية الليبية)
NAME VICTORIES UNIT COMMENTS
Khalil, Ezzedin Fadhel 1 1.
- 27 June 1980. An Itavia (Aero Transporti Italiani) DC-9-15 (I-TIGI), Flight
870, a crashed into the Tyrrhenian Sea near the island of Ustica, about 80 miles
southwest of Naples. All 81 persons aboard the aircraft were killed after it
experienced severe damage in flight, broke up, plummeted to the sea, and then
sank into several thousand feet of water. Accident investigators concluded that
it was damaged by an explosion, probably of external origin. It has been
theorized that its loss was associated with a Libyan MiG-23MS Flogger, found on
July 18, crashed on the northern side of Mount Sila in the Italian province of
Calabria. The pilot of the Libyan aircraft was Ezzedin Fadhel Khalil.
|27. 06. 1980
||Khalil, E. F.
||Aero Transporti Italiani
Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-23MS, Libyan Arab Jamahiriyya Air Force (القوات الجوية الليبية).
Reconstruction of the damage caused to the DC-9 by possible hits of two AAMs.
After examining the wreckage of the aircraft, British and Swedish investigators
opposed the theory according to which the it was shot down by AAMs, and instead
concluded that most probable reason for the catastrophe was a bomb placed in the
toilette at the rear of the aircraft. (Luigi di Stefano)
Sources & Literature
- ACIG Team: European Air-to-Air Victories, ACIG.org, http://www.acig.info/CMS/.
- Cooper, Tom: Libyan Wars, 1980-1989, Part 1 , ACIG.org, http://www.acig.info/CMS/.
- Gleize, Jean-Paul: Aces, http://jpgleize.perso.neuf.fr/aces/homeaces.htm.
- Lednicer, David: Intrusions, Overflights, Shootdowns and Defections During the Cold War and Thereafter, http://myplace.frontier.com/~anneled/ColdWar.html.