Two Libyan Air Force Mirage fighter jets unexpectedly flew to Malta this afternoon with their pilots claiming they escaped to Malta after having been ordered to bomb protesters who have taken control of the second city of Benghazi. The pilots told the Maltese authorities that they left from a base near Tripoli. They are being questioned by the Police. The pilots initially asked for emergency clearance to land and for refueling.
Also below are photos of the two civilian helicopters which flew out of Libya and landed at Malta International Airport today afternoon carrying seven people. Informed sources said the helicopters 'escaped from Libya with no official clearance'. Such was the haste of their departure from Libya, that only one of the passengers was carrying a passport. The passengers claimed to be French. Immigration Police are checking the identities of the passengers while holding them at the airport.
Photos were taken by our member Burmarradour and A-P.net Screener Ray Abela.
(21. 2. 2011, 22:50 CET)
God Bless the Lybian pilots for not agreeing to bomb their own people!
(22. 2. 2011, 04:07 CET)
bless their hearts, for their priceless compassion for human beings
3 Emanuel Linert
(22. 2. 2011, 17:27 CET)
God bless this two pilots for their charity, not to attack the people!
4 RodriVJ of Chile
(22. 2. 2011, 17:57 CET)
Remarkably consistent attitude to the military's primary purpose, which is to defend his national community. That all soldiers who refuse to kill their countrymen are blessed. Greetings from Chillán City, Chile Rodrigo
5 Tavie Okolobi
(22. 2. 2011, 22:31 CET)
That was a very thoughtful, bold and quick move they made. Thank God for these honest men. The international authorities should please keep them safe.
(25. 2. 2011, 14:57 CET)
You are my heroes. I which you a long life and plenty of offspring.