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Rocket Attack on Libya’s Mitiga Airport Strikes Two Civilian Planes and a Fuel Depot

Rocket Attack on Libya’s Mitiga Airport Strikes Two Civilian Planes and a Fuel Depot

This weekend, Libya’s only functioning airport was hit by a rocket strike. A rocket is believed to have struck two passenger planes belonging to Libya Arab Airlines as well as a fuel depot.

JACDEC reports, via Twitter, that the two planes struck by the attack were a Libyan Arab Airlines Airbus A320 (5A-LAQ) and an A330-200 (5A-LAU). Both planes were “seriously” damaged. The “LAQ” plane is likely a write-off.

The attack on Libya’s Mitiga International Airport was launched by military forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar. The passenger planes struck by the mortars were empty, stored, and inactive at the time of the attack. No casualties have been reported so far.

The attacks came shortly after the Libyan government launched air raids on an airbase held by military commander Khalifa Haftar near Tripoli. Last week, Haftar also launched a failed ground assault on the airport.


[Image Source: Wikimedia Commons]

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  1. jayer

    May 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    A stock photo from who knows when with a SUD Caravelle? Yo can do better than that.

  2. GoldenArgosy

    May 11, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Very nice picture….. Definitely not recent, rhough! I don’t think Libyan Arab Airlines has operated the Caravelle since the 1970s!

  3. radonc1

    May 12, 2020 at 6:24 am

    I didn’t know that “Kingdom of Libya Airlines” was still flying Carvelles :o

  4. CHCflyer

    May 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    I’m surprised and a little delighted the image you found is of a fascinating Caravelle belonging to the Kingdom of Libya, dating it at the latest 1969.
    A bloodless coup created the Republic of Libya under Ghadaffi.
    10/10 for nostalgia – 0/10 for relevance.

  5. redrob

    May 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Seriously – a Caravelle photographed at Gatwick in 1969???

    What next – an Imperial Airways flying boat to go with the next BA article?

    Surely you can do better than that….

  6. PanAmMan

    May 13, 2020 at 5:27 am

    When was this picture taken? Did not think any Caravelles we’re still flying.

  7. toxman

    May 13, 2020 at 5:40 am

    A Caravelle. Takes me back…to 1973 that is.

  8. Great_circle

    May 13, 2020 at 6:40 am

    When showing a caravelle, at least find a picture when it has the braking parachute deployed ;-)

  9. SamirD

    May 13, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Planes being destroyed during Libya civil unrest. People dying from china made virus. Economy in the toilet. Welcome to the world!

  10. DManzaluni

    May 13, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Unless you were trying to make a political point, that not much stable can happen in Libya until the monarchy (if there is anyone lefttim from any legitimate royal family?) is restored

  11. DeltaFlyer123

    May 15, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    Whew! Good thing they only got an A320 and an A330, and missed this mint-condition Caravelle!

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