Ajdabiya remembers lost helicopter crew

Tripoli, 10 April 2013:

In April 2011, at the height of bitter fighting around Ajdabiya, a rebel helicopter attacking Qaddafi troops was shot down and three of the four crew killed.

Yesterday, Tuesday, two years to the day after they perished, the three airmen were honoured at a moving ceremony near the crash site, where a model helicopter has been mounted in their memory.

On 9 April 2011, on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, the MI35 Hind was hit by unexpected ground fire from forces loyal to Qaddafi. The crew were all Air Force personnel from Benghazi.

The pilot . . .

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