A detailed enquiry began in Israel on Thursday (22 February) into the Libyan airliner crash as the country expressed deep regret.
SCU Air Force Commander Hod speaks.
HOD: "The pilot was instructed to shoot at the wing tip to make sure they understand again the seriousness of our demand to turn back and land at Lake (indistinct). .This was done, and again was ignored by the captain. And then the fire resumed again to force them to land on our side. And in tat second attempt the aeroplane got hit in the right wing and attempted a forced landing. It hit the ground about 20 kilometres (about 12 miles) east of the canal. We know from the first interrogation of the co-pilot who is alive and wounded in hospital, that they did understand very well what, what we wanted of them. They did see the airfield below and decided not to obey and to keep on and try to get away. He said something like "We understood but because of the relations between our two countries we decided we better try and get away from here." This is a phrase of something which he used at a time at which he could still speak easily. He is badly wounded and I hope we can learn more from him.
REPORTER: Who is he...?
HOD: The co-pilot. The co-pilot was a Libyan or is a Libyan.
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Background: A detailed enquiry began in Israel on Thursday (22 February) into the Libyan airliner crash as the country expressed deep regret. But Israel said the tragedy would never have occurred if the pilot had heeded repeated warnings to land.
One hundred and six people died when the Boeing 727 jet, off course over Israeli-occupied Sinai, crashed after being intercepted by Israeli fighters.
Israel's Air Force Commander General Mordecai Hod told newsmen in Tel Aviv the circumstances of the interception and the subsequent crash of the jet.