18 dead in Libyan helicopter crash


At least 18 people on board a Libyan Air Force helicopter were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the Mediterranean Sea on 27 October. It was apparently shot down.

The aircraft came down in the water near the town of Zawiya, about 28 miles (45km) west of Tripoli, while en route to Tripoli. A total of 18 bodies were recovered but it is not clear how many people were on board – up to 23 may have been flying on the helicopter, which was probably an Mi-8 or Mi-17 model.

Some of those on board included three crew, bank employees and members of Libya’s Tripoli-based Fajr Libya coalition Islamist government, reports Air Forces Daily. Al Jazeera reports that the aircraft was brought down by unidentified assailants with anti-aircraft fire. However, no group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.