History’s 5 Most Horrific Airplane Shootdowns

5. Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (1973)

Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 from Tripoli to Cairo via Benghazi was a regularly scheduled flight. But on the 21st of February 1973, the aircraft failed to make its destination. An unlucky combination of factors led to the aircraft’s tragic downfall. A fierce sandstorm over northern Egypt blocked all visibility, forcing the crew to rely solely on navigational instruments for direction. It soon became clear to the pilot, however, that the compass was malfunctioning – he realised that he was out of the range of air traffic beacons, and unable to determine the aircraft’s location. He decided to land the plane in Cairo, but the aircraft was pushed east by strong winds and found itself crossing the Suez canal to Sinai, which had been under Israeli Occupation during the Six-Day War in 1967. Kept on high alert ever since, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) spotted the plane. At war with Egypt, the IDF found it suspicious that Egyptian missiles had not been fired at the mysterious aircraft.
5. Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 114 (1973)