THEY SHOOT AIRLINES DON’T THEY?

As our website continues to be blocked in China, we continue to receive hits to our blog and inquiries from people in China concerned about their government’s orchestration of anti Malaysia demonstrations and requests to members of the politburo and public service to write in to various blogs and online platforms about their “concerns” about the disappearance of MH 370.

One such concerned Chinese writer to us (requesting his name not be used (we suspect the name and email he has used are not his anyway) provided us with a list of “accidents” and unexplained civilian aircraft crashes resulting in casualties which were all initially denied by the governments involved.

The following is  a list of those Civilian Air “Accidents” the result of military action all of which were denied or concealed by the offending armed forces but later conceded by them.

Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114

Libyan Airlines Flight 114 was a regularly scheduled flight from Tripoli via Benghazi to Cairo February 21, 1973,  The aircraft was a Boeing 727 left Tripoli, but became lost with a combination of bad weather and equipment failure over northern Egypt around 13:44 (local). It entered Israeli-controlled airspace over the Sinai Peninsula when it was intercepted by two Israeli F-4 Phantom II fighters, refusing  to land it was fired upon and destroyed . Of the 113 people on board, 5 survived, including the co-pilot.

Korean Air Lines Flight 9002

Flight KAL 902 a civilian airliner was shot down by Soviet fighters on April 20, 1978, near Murmansk Russia, having violated Soviet airspace. It failed to respond to Soviet interceptors. Two passengers were killed in the incident. 107 passengers and crew survived after the plane made an emergency landing on a frozen lake.

Air Rhodesia Flight RH825

Flight RH825, was a scheduled flight between Kariba and Salisbury Rhodesia (now Harare), that was shot down on September 3, 1978, by ZIPRA guerrillas using a Strela 2 missile. Eighteen of the fifty-six passengers survived the crash, but ten of the survivors were murdered by the guerrillas at the crash site.

Air Rhodesia Flight RH827

Air Rhodesia Flight RH827 was a scheduled flight between Kariba and Salisbury that was shot down on February 12, 1979, by ZIPRA guerrillas using a Strela 2 missile in similar circumstances to Flight RH825 five months earlier. None of the fifty-nine passengers or crew survived.

Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870

Flight 870 crashed in the Tyrrhenian Sea on June 27, 1980. Around forty minutes after take- off from Bologna in Italy. An unknown object inflight was seen approaching the aircraft. Soon after, the plane disappeared from radar screens. All eighty-one people on board were killed and parts of the wreckage were later found floating on the water. The cause of the crash is unknown, but one of the leading theories is that it was shot down by NATO forces or jet fighters.

This version of events is supported by the then Italian Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga who attributed the downing to French interceptors, later identified as a part of  “Gladio” a clandestine operation by NATO .On 23 January 2013 Italy’s top criminal court ruled that there was “abundantly” clear evidence that the flight was brought down by a missile.

Korean Air Lines Flight 007

Korean Air Lines Flight 007, also known as KAL 007 or KE007, was a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 civilian airliner strayed into very airspace of the Soviet Union over the highly sensitive and protected Sakhalin Islands. It was shot down by a Soviet Su-15TM fighter on September 1, 1983, near Moneron Island to the west of Sakhalin Island. 269 passengers and crew, including US congressman Larry McDonald were aboard KAL 007; there were no known survivors. An official investigation concluded that the aircraft’s course deviation was likely caused by pilot error in configuring their air navigation system.

Polar 3

On February 24, 1985, the Polar 3, a research airplane of the Alfred Wegener Institute, was shot down by guerrillas of the Polisario Front over Western Sahara. All three crew members died. Polar 3 was on its way back from Antartica and had taken off from Dakar Senegal ,  en route to the Canary Islands.

Air Malawi 7Q-YMB

On November 6, 1987, an Air Malawi Shorts Skyvan 7Q-YMB was shot down while on a domestic flight from Blantyre to Lilongwe. The flight plan took it over Mozambique where  a civil war against South African trained forces was in progress. The aircraft was shot down near the Mozambican town of Ulongwe. The eight passengers and two crew on board were killed. It was later claimed that South African Apartheid forces in an effort to discredit their Soviet trained enemies had brought down the aircraft in order to discredit the Soviet backed forces.

Iran Air Flight 655

Iran Air Flight 655 (was a commercial flight operated Iran Air flew regularly between  Bandar Abbas Iran to Dubai. On July 3, 1988, towards the end of the Iran Iraq war, the aircraft was shot down by the US Navy ship USS Vincennes a missile guided freighter when it fired a SM 2MR surface to air missile. The airplane was destroyed between Bandar Abbas and Dubai, killing all 290 passengers and crew. It was later claimed by United States Government that USS Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time of the attack, and IR655, an Airbus A300, was misidentified as an Iranian F-14. The point here being that an F-14 fighter jet is no different in its image on a radar screen from a 747, a 777 or a 737. The friend or foe identification signature is what makes the difference. The US did not seek to identify the aircraft as friend or foe.

T&G Aviation DC-7

On December 8, 1988 a DC-7 chartered by the US agency for international development was shot down over the Western Sahara by the Polisario Front killing 5. Leaders of the movement said the plane was mistaken for a Moroccan  Lockheed Hercules The aircraft was to be used to spray insecticide to control a locust outbreak.

September 1993 Transair Georgian Airline

In September 1993, three airliners belonging to Transair Georgia were shot down by missiles and gunfire in Abkhazia in Georgia.

Lionair Flight LN 602

Flight LN 602, an Antonov An 24 RV dropped out of the sky into the sea off the north-western coast of Sri Lanka under mysterious circumstances. It was September 29, 1998. The aircraft departed Jaffna-Palaly Air Force Base on a flight to Colombo and disappeared from radar screens just after the pilot had reported depressurization. Initial reports indicated that the plane had been shot down by LTTE rebels. All seven crew and forty-eight passengers were killed.

2001 Siberia Airlines Flight 1812

On 4 October 2001, TU-154 crashed over the Black Sea. The plane may have been hit by a S-200surface to air missile, fired from the Crimea peninsula during an exercise of Ukrainian military. All on board (66 passengers and 12 crew) were killed. Then President of the Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and several high commanders of the military later expressed their condolences to the relatives of the victims.

2003 Baghdad DHL

On November 22, 2003, shortly after take-off from Baghdad Iraq. The plane an Airbus 300 cargo plane owned by a subsidiary of DHL was struck on the left wing tip by a Surface to air missile. Severe wing damage resulted in a fire and hydraulic and  flight control systems. The pilots used differential engine thrust to fly the plane back to Baghdad, and were able to land without any injuries or major aircraft damage. This was the second time a plane had been landed after entirely losing hydraulics and using differential engine thrust as the only pilot input (the previous example being United Airlines 232. But this was the first recorded incident when such counter measures by pilots had been  carried out without injury or additional significant damage to the aircraft.

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