Libya - Air Force Dassault Mirage F1 502
Image ID: 123100
Operator: Libya - Air Force - 502
Aircraft: Dassault - Mirage F1
Airport: Malta - Luqa Int (MLA / LMML)
Photo taken on 2011-2-21 by Ray Abela [Contact]
Camera setting: 1/500s f/5.6 at 285mm ISO 200
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(22.2.2011, 10:55 CET)
Two Libyan Air Force Mirage jet fighters 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.