Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Narrative:Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 operated on a flight from Tripoli, Libya to Benghazi, Libya and Cairo, Egypt. On the leg to Cairo weather conditions included a low stratocumulus and 6/8 to 8/8 altocumulus up to about FL180.
The aircraft strayed off course after passing Sidi Barrani and continued past Cairo. Over the Sinai desert the ground was visible again and the crew probably realized the error. At that moment the aircraft was out of range of the navigational facilities. By then the aircraft was intercepted by two Israeli Air Force McDonnell F-4E Phantom II fighters. Both jet fighters tried to get it to land by rocking their wings and firing across the nose of the Libyan plane. When the crew tried to return to Cairo the Phantom pilots thought it wanted to escape. They attacked the 727, hitting the right hand wingtip with tracers; a fire erupted. The crew attempted to make a belly landing in the desert, but crashed in flames. According to ICAO the Cairo beacon was probably not functioning properly at the time. Also, the approach control radar was out of order.
Shot down by aircraft
Loss of control
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 113)
|16 OCT 1968
|28 DEC 1970
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Benghazi-Benina International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 1075 km (672 miles).
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