Tuesday, March 22, 2011

U.S. Air Force top gun crashes in Libya after third night of coalition air raids... as Gaddafi's tanks bombard rebel town - 22nd Mar 2011

Libyans claim civilians killed in third night of air strikes
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An American plane has come down in a Libyan field, it was claimed today in the first military setback for the coalition effort.

The U.S. Air Force F15E Eagle is believed to have crashlanded due to a mechanical failure during the third night of air strikes on Colonel Gaddafi's key military positions.

The pilot is safe, however, and is with rebels.

It came as reports filtered through today that Gaddafi's forces are bombarding Misrata, which is still held by anti-government forces.

The action on the ground followed a busy night of air raids by coalition forces, which were met by anti-aircraft fire over Tripoli. Read More