2014-07-14-17 Tripolis Airport attack, several civilian aircraft damaged or destroyed

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Sep

2014-07-14-17 Tripolis Airport attack, several civilian aircraft damaged or destroyed

Narrative

Again after the attacks on Sunday 13th of July, the international airport of Tripolis became the target of rival militia groups who wants to take control of the airfield.

Local media reported that many rocket propelled grenades (RPG) fired to airport buildings such as the control tower, hangars and offices. Also many airport vehicles including a fuel truck were set ablaze.

It is understood that the Saladin Badi militia group was responsible for the attack leaving at least 47 dead.

Several militia as well as an unknown number of civilians have been reported dead in the conflict.

According to an Eurocontrol interim statement, the international airports of  Tripolis, Sebha and Benghazi were closed for all traffic. Other airports have traffic restrictions because of the unclear security situation.

More than a dozen aircraft, mostly civilian, were either damaged or destroyed in the attack. An engineless stored Boeing 727-200 was set ablaze when a fuel tank was hit.

At this point, the fighting is ongoing and most of the libyan jet fleet is paralyzed or unairworthy leaving the country without a operational civil air fleet.

According to a list published by the  ‚GoodMorningLibya‚ newsblog, 23 aircraft have been declared a write-off or were badly damaged. The estimated value of destruction is about 1,9 billion US Dollars.

After the seizure of islamist militia on August 24th 2014, the Aerodromes HLLT (Tripoli International), HLLS (Sebha), HLLB (Benhazi) and HLTD (Ghadames) are closed until further notice.

On Sep. 2nd local aviation officials claimed that 11 civilian jet aircraft, previously parked at the airport were missing. This claim is not supported by further facts however it is understood that one 737 belonging to Buraq managed to flee to Malta despite gunfire damage. Due to the critical security situation at the airport, no detailed damage assessment can take place at the time. 

List of aircraft damaged or destroyed

  1. Airbus A330-200  – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONF – msn 999 – hit by RPG in aft fuselage and destroyed by fire, 19.JUL
  2. Airbus A320 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONK – msn 4330 – remotely parked, burned to destruction after RPG attack, XX.AUG
  3. Boeing 727-200 – Bouraq Airways – 5A- – msn – – unairworthy aircraft, destroyed by shelling, 14.JUL
  4. Canadair CRJ-900 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAB  – msn 15121 – hit by RPG in aft fuselage and destroyed by fire, 20.JUL
  5. Canadair CRJ-900 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAL  – msn 15256 – destroyed by fire, 20.JUL
  6. Fokker F-28 – Libyan Arab Airlines – 5A-DTG – msn 11139 – unairworthy aircraft, destroyed by fire, 14.JUL
  7. Ilyushin IL-76 – Libyan Arab Air Cargo – 5A-DNG – msn 0013432961 – destroyed by rocket attack and fire, 16.JUL
  8. Ilyushin IL-76 – unknown operator – 5A- – msn – hit by RPG and burnt to destruction, XX.JUL
  9. Ilyushin IL-76 – unknown operator – 5A- – msn  – hit by RPG and burnt to destruction, XX.JUL
  10. Lockheed JetStar – Libyan Gvmt – 5A-DBZ – msn 5114 – unairworthy aircraft, destroyed, 14.JUL
  1. Canadair CRJ-900 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAB  – msn 15121 – RPG explosion in center fuselage
  2. Airbus A320 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAI – msn 4450 – APU section & tail destroyed
  3. Airbus A330-200 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAS – msn 1424 – hit by RPG, maybe a hull loss
  4. Airbus A320 – Libyan Airlines – 5A-LAH – msn 4405 – hit by series of bullets
  5. Airbus A319 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONC – msn 3615 – RPG explosion in aft fuselage
  6. Airbus A330-200 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONP – msn 1472 – series of bullets in aft fuselage and empennage
  7. Boeing 737-500 – Bouraq Airways – 5A-WAC  -msn 26531 – gunfire damage in lower fuselage
  1. Airbus A330-200 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONF – msn 999 – unkown damage
  2. Airbus A330-200 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONH – msn 1049 – unkown damage
  3. Airbus A319 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONFJ- msn 4004 – unkown damage
  4. Airbus A320 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONM – msn 4521 – unkown damage
  5. Airbus A320 – Afriqiyah Airways – 5A-ONN – msn 5414 – unkown damage
  6. Avro RJ-100  – Air Libya – 5A-FLB – msn E3234 – unknown damage
  7. Boeing 737-500 – Bouraq Airlines – 5A-WAD – msn xxxx – unknown damage
  8. Boeing 737-800 – Bouraq Airlines – 5A-DMH – msn 34949 – unknown damage
  9. Airbus A320 – Libyan Airlines – 5A_LAJ – msn 4490 – unknown damage
  10. Airbus A320 – Libyan Airlines – TS-INN – msn xxxx – damaged by bullets
  11. Falcon 900 – Libyan Government – 5A-DCN – msn 148 – unknown damage
  12. DHC-8-300 – Medavia – 9H-LEY – msn xxxx – hit by debris and shrapnel while in hangar

Passengers

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants
Fatalities 0 0 50+ 0
Injuries 0 0 0 0

JACDEC 20-year Statistics :

  • 5th occurence at airport
  • worst ever deliberate civilian aircraft destruction

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Abbreviations

AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions