A Libyan National Army MiG-21 fighter jet crashed while practicing for a military parade after a technical malfunction. The pilot died in the crash.
The fighter jet crashed on Saturday during a military parade in Benghazi, the second-most populous city in the country, killing the pilot, a military source.
“A MiG-21 fighter jet crashed during a military parade of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Benghazi, pilot Jamal ibn Amer was killed,” the source said.
Later, the crash was confirmed by LNA spokesman Khalifa al-Obeidi who expressed grief over the death of Jamal ibn Amer via Facebook.
Brigadier General Jamal bin Amer, one of the LNA’s top pilots, was killed in the crash involving MiG-21bis #698 (same MiG as the earlier parade low pass video).
He had previously survived a MANPADS shoot down over Tripoli while flying a MiG-21 in April 2019.
Earlier in the month, an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 jet had crashed in the state of Punjab, killing the pilot, the IAF said.
The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the accident happened in Langeana village of Moga.