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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter FGA70A
Owner/operator:Lebanese Air Force (LAF)
Registration: L-281
MSN: S4/U/3334
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Shouf Mountains -   Lebanon
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On September 17th 1983, during the Lenanese Civil War, Lebanese Air Force Hunters attacked Druze positions in the Shouf Mountains and were surprised with the heavy defenses that responded. One Hunter (believed to be serialled L-281) was shot down (SAM7 ?), the pilot managed to eject and was rescued from the sea by a US Navy SH-3D helicopter.

A further Hunter was badly damaged and made a forced landing at the Lebanese Air Force satellite base at Biblos. A third Hunter flew straight to Akrotiri in Cyprus where the pilot later applied for political asylum. No record can be found of the disposition of this Hunter, although it is probable that it was handed back to Lebanon.

(Lebanese Air Force Hunter L-281 was ex-RAF XF457 Purchased by HSA, on 01-08-74 as G-9-422. Converted to Lebanese FGA Mk.70. Delivered 08-12-75 as L-181.)

Flight International 24 March 1984, p755

Revision history:

24-Mar-2012 15:30 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Dec-2015 18:54 TB Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2015 19:02 TB Updated [Date, Source]

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