By Noora Ibrahim.
Benghazi, 2 September 2014:
An Operation Dignity jet has crashed, killing its pilot and others, during a . . .[restrict]flyover at Tobruk Air Base.
In a cruel twist of fate, the plane crashed during a memorial ceremony for another pilot who died when his plane crashed, killing him, just four days ago. Both crashes are believed to be the result of technical failures.
An Air Force officer at Tobruk airbase told the Libya Herald that the Mig jet crashed into a building as a result of the fault. There are a reports that a young boy was also killed by the impact. It is not known if this is the full extent of the casualties.
The pilot killed int the accident this afternoon has been identified as Rafa Al-Farani. Farani was in his fifties and lived in Tobruk with his family. He was originally from Benghazi.
The crash took place during a service of remembrance for Air Force officer Ibrahim Al-Manifi who died on Saturday when his aircraft suffered a technical fault over Beida while flying from Tobruk to Benghazi.
In July a Mig jet fighter being used by the Operation Dignity crashed into waste ground in Kuwaifiya in Benghazi. However, no one was hurt after the the pilot was able to eject safely. Operation Dignity said at the time the crash was due to a technical problem although Ansar Al-Sharia claimed it had shot down the jet.