Two dead as Russian fighter jet crashes

A Russian MiG-23 fighter jet crashed into a house in a suburb of the Libyan capital Tripoli yesterday, killing its two-man crew and injuring several people on the ground, witnesses said.
The jet was on a demonstration flight at an air show at the time of the crash in the Soug-Ejemaa district. There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident.

Those injured included three members of a family living in the house, the witnesses said, adding that the building was largely destroyed but the three had been in one of the less damaged rooms.

Russian news agency RIA Novosti, reporting that a MiG-23 crashed at the air show, said the aircraft went down about two kilometres from the show’s grandstands, without mentioning casualties or other details.

On Monday, Russian state-owned arms exporter Rosoboronexport said in a statement that it was expecting a “significant expansion” of Russian arms sales to Libya and other states in the region at the Third Libyan Aviation Exhibition (LAVEX 2009) which wraps up today.

Pic: MiG-23 fighter jet