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At 10:30 a.m. on 21 February 1973, Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 took off on its regularly-scheduled flight from Tripoli to Cairo.

The plane, a Boeing 727, was being piloted by a French crew under a contractual arrangement between Air France and the Libyan national airline. After a brief stop at the city of Benghazi in eastern Libya, Flight 114 continued en route to Cairo with 113 persons on board.

As the airliner flew over northern Egypt on its approach to Cairo, it suddenly encountered a blinding sandstorm which forced the crew to switch to instrument control because the geographic features which ordinarily served as landmarks could not be discerned in the swirling tempest. A short time later, the pilot discovered that he had made a navigational error because of a compass malfunction: the plane had missed an air traffic beacon, and he could not ascertain its current location. He radioed the Cairo air control tower with an urgent plea for assistance. The Egyptian flight controllers radioed back, giving him the information necessary to correct the plane’s course and warning that it appeared that the plane might have strayed over the Sinai peninsula, which at that time was occupied by Israeli forces.

The pilot immediately corrected the course, and LN 114 was heading back to Cairo when the crew noticed two military jets approaching. The crew members expressed relief, for they believed that the jets were Egyptian fighters sent to escort their plane to safety at the Cairo airport. Such, however, proved not to be the case: the two jets were in fact Israeli Phantoms, and, before the pilot of LN 114 had been able to make out the “Star of David” markings on their wings, they had directed three bursts of cannon fire into the Boeing 727, blasting it from the sky.

Flight 114 smashed into the Sinai desert only one minute’s flying time from Egyptian-controlled territory, killing 106 men, women and children aboard.

At first, Israel attempted to deny its culpability for the tragedy. However, after 24 February when the Boeing’s “black box” which had recorded the pilot’s conversations with the Cairo control tower was recovered, such denial was no longer possible. The Israeli government then did a volte-face and revealed that LN 114 had been shot down with the personal authorization of Dado Elazar, the Israeli Chief of Staff. Commenting on the decision to blow up the civilian airliner, Golda Meir, then Prime Minister of Israel, showered Elazar with praise, and exulted, “I want to tell you that I don’t just appreciate you, I admire you!”

The United Nations failed to take any action against Israel for its destruction of the Libyan passenger plane, and when the 30 member nations of the International Civil Aviation Organization voted to censure Israel for the attack, the U.S. abstained.

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  2. Its more then likely that there would have been no shooting if the crew had obeyed the (legal) demands of the Israelis to land in Israel to make sure the plane had no espionage equipment on board…

    As the Libyan co-pilot stated that they understood the request made by the IAF but they decided to not follow the (legal) orders to land but, for political reasons, they decided to make a run for it…

    Bad decision!…

    Comment by Zionist | February 21, 2012

    • Disgusting apologist for racist barbarity.

      Comment by aletho | February 21, 2012

    • Zionists can do no wrong, no matter how many people they murder in the process.

      Comment by Nonzionist | February 21, 2012

  3. The zionist is sick demented and a typical ‘God chosen peoples’ satan. You should expect nothing less.
    Murder in the name of their delusion is always justified as far as they are concerned but then again sacrificing Goyims at any opportunity to their bloodthirsty bellicose God is always a given being their apparent mission on earth

    Comment by Duma | February 21, 2012

  4. a day of reckoning for the zionists is coming. they don’t have much time left.

    Comment by A DAY OF RECKONING IS COMING SOON | February 22, 2012

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  7. You can remember all you want, and yes, this turned out to be a tragedy for everybody involved but, unfortunately, such things are really not that rare… El Al Flight 402, Korean Air Lines Flight 902, Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Iran Air Flight 655 and Siberia Airlines Flight 1812 come to mind…

    As for Libyan Airlines Flight 114, had the pilots heeded the (legal) instructions of the Israelis nothing would have happened… However, due to politics the pilots made a stupid decision… In fact, had the IAF simply wanted to down the plane they would have fired a missile… The fact that they used their guns indicates they only wanted to damage the plane in order to force it to land…

    A few years later a similar occurrence occurred in the same area and under the same circumstances… In that case the pilots did the smart thing… They followed the (legal) orders, landed, were checked out and were subsequently allowed to continue on their way…

    None of that matters around here because the point of the blog post isn’t to memorialize Libyan Airlines Flight 114 but rather to attempt to paint Israel as some sort of demonic entity…

    Comment by ScubaMan | February 22, 2013

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