• Short Summary

    A SOVIET-BUILT MIG-21 FIGHTER OF THE EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE WAS SHOT DOWN BY ISRAELI MIRAGE FIGHTERS YESTERDAY (MARCH 8) NEAR THE BITTER LAKE ON THE SUEZ CANAL.

  • Description

    A SOVIET-BUILT MIG-21 FIGHTER OF THE EGYPTIAN AIR FORCE WAS SHOT DOWN BY ISRAELI MIRAGE FIGHTERS YESTERDAY (MARCH 8) NEAR THE BITTER LAKE ON THE SUEZ CANAL. THE PLANE CRASHED IN THE DESERT IN FLAMES BUT ITS SOPHISTICATED AIR-TO-AIR MISSILES WERE INTACT. THE BURNED AND INJURED PILOT PARACHUTED TO SAFETY.

    TWO UNITED NATIONS OBSERVERS, AN IRISHMAN AND A SWEDE, WENT TO THE SPOT TO INVESTIGATE THE CRASHED PLANE.

    THE MIG WAS ONE OF A NUMBER THAT ENGAGED IN A BATTLE WITH ISRAELI AIRCRAFT YESTERDAY MORNING BEFORE THE HEAVY ARTILLERY BATTLE ACROSS THE SUEZ CANAL WHICH CONTINUED TODAY, RESULTING IN A MAJOR FIRE AT EGYPTIAN OIL INSTALLATIONS AND THE DEATH OF LIEUTENANT- GENERAL ABDEL MONEIM RIAD, CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE EGYPTIAN ARMED FORCES.

    A SENIOR ISRAELI OFFICER WHO WATCHED THE AIR BATTLE SAID IT TOOK PLACE AT AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 10,000 FEET (ABOUT 3,000 METRES). HE SAID HE SAW THE PLANE BURST INTO FLAMES AND START SPINNING TO THE GROUND. THE PILOT EJECTED HIMSELF AND PARACHUTED DOWN NEARBY.

    ISRAELI TROOPS RUSHED TO THE SPOT BY JEEP AND FOUND THE PILOT LYING IN THE SAND BADLY WOUNDED AND BLEEDING PROFUSELY, THE OFFICER SAID. THEY PUT HIM ON A STRETCHER AND CALLED IN A HELICOPTER TO TAKE HIM TO HOSPITAL. THE PILOT REFUSED TO SAY ANYTHING AT THE TIME, AND ONLY ASKED FOR WATER.

    LATER, THE PILOT WAS NAMED IN TEL AVIV AS LIEUTENANT MOHAMMED ABDUL BAKHI AHMED HASSAN AND HIS AGE GIVEN AS 26.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1VS5GB43WDS26I6QZKR9K5961
    Media URN:
    VLVA1VS5GB43WDS26I6QZKR9K5961
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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