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Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Tuesday 22 December 1992
Time:08:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2L5
Operator:Libyan Arab Airlines
Registration: 5A-DIA
C/n / msn: 21050/1108
First flight: 1975-02-07 (17 years 11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 147 / Occupants: 147
Total:Fatalities: 157 / Occupants: 157
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) E of Tripoli International Airport (TIP) (   Libya)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Flightnumber:LN1103
Narrative:
Libyan Arab Airlines flight 1103, a Boeing 727, was destroyed when it crashed while on approach to Tripoli International Airport, Libya. All 157 persons on board were killed.
The aircraft operated a domestic flight from Benghazi to Tripoli, Libya. As the flight approached Tripoli Airport, it was instructed to hold at the Papa Echo beacon at 3000 feet, 4.1DME from runway 27. At 08:05 the flight was told they would need to hold for another three minutes due to military traffic.
This military traffic was a MiG-23UB that had just taken off. The aircraft climbed in a left hand turn and headed towards Papa Echo. Reaching 3000 feet, the aircraft hit the tail fin of flight 1103. The tail separated and the Boeing 727 entered an uncontrollable descent and impacted the ground. Both crew members of the MiG-23 reportedly ejected safely.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Air Safety Week 11 January 1993 (p. 3)


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Distance from Benghazi-Benina International Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 666 km (416 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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