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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162674
Last updated: 31 March 2020
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Date:06-SEP-1987
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic L39 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatros
Owner/operator:Libyan Air Force
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maatan as-Sarra Air Base -   Libya
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Maatan as-Sarra AB
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
The Chadian army launched a surprise attack on the Libyan Maatan as-Sarra Air Base during the Chadian-Libyan conflict (1978-1987).
They reportedly destroyed 22 aircraft, including four Aero L-39s; six MiG-21s, four Mirage F1s, five Su-22 Fitters, two SF.260s and a Mi-25 helicopter gunship.

Sources:

http://articles.philly.com/1987-09-08/news/26207793_1_operation-sparrowhawk-tupolev-22-chad-radio
https://www.nytimes.com/1987/09/09/world/big-libyan-losses-claimed-by-chad.html
The Aviation Historian, Issue 20


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Dec-2013 12:53 gerard57 Added
06-Mar-2016 09:17 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Apr-2018 14:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Feb-2020 21:36 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Operator]

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