The body of a Syrian pilot who died of wounds received in Tuesday's (January 2) air battle with Israeli aircraft over Lebanon has been returned to Syria, according to "official sources" in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on Wednesday.
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BURNING WRECKAGE OF SYRIAN JET FIGHTER ON LEBANESE MOUNTAINSIDE AFTER AIR BATTLE WITH ISRAELI AIRCRAFT.
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Background: The body of a Syrian pilot who died of wounds received in Tuesday's (January 2) air battle with Israeli aircraft over Lebanon has been returned to Syria, according to "official sources" in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on Wednesday. Another Syrian pilot who survived was also handed over to Syrian authorities, the sources said.
The two pilots baled out near the Lebanese winter sports resort of Farsya, about 25 miles (40 kilometres) north of Beirut, during an air battle at supersonic speeds. About a dozen Syrian and lar???ll aircraft were involved. The Syrian jet, reported to be a Soviet-designed Mig-21, crashed into a mountainside only a few hundred yards away from some chaiats in Faraya.
On Wednesday, mystery still surrounded the identity of an aircraft which the Lebanese Defence Ministry said had been seen crashing into the sea off north Lebanon at the time of the battle. It had not yet been officially identified, and there were conflicting newspaper reports about its origin.
The Syrian jet fighter which crashed in lebanon on Tuesday, after an air battle at supersonic speeds with Israeli aircraft, came down in mountains at Faraya, a winter sports resort twenty-five miles north of Beirut, the capital.
The aircraft, which broke up and burst into flames, was reported to be a Soviet-designed Mig-21. Two pilots had baled out during the battle between about a dozen Syrian and Israeli aircraft. One Pilot Bled of wounded. His body was handed over to Syrian authorities the following day, together with the surviving pilot. Another aircraft was reported to have crashed into the sea off north Lebanon. Its identity was not immediately known.