A Libyan fighter jet crashed into the residential area of Tobruk on Tuesday killing the pilot a child and reportedly three others. The MiG-21 spun out of control due to mechanical problems to its hydraulic system, ironically during a memorial event honoring a pilot killed in another crash last week. The video was posted on Facebook and shows the moment the plane explodes into flames. Speaking to the AFP news agency witnesses say they saw smoke rising from the plane’s engines before it hit an apartment building.
Reuters reports that three peole were killed in the crash, and another nine were injured.
The dead pilot of the jet is reported to be loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. He has been identified as Rafa Al-Farani, a fifty-year old who lived in Tobruk with his family. There is currently violence in the area since the toppling of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Fighting recently was centered around the capital of Tripolis and also Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city.
The moment of the crash was also captured by other bystanders –