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Video of Iranian AWACS crash

bobbymike

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From The Dew Line Blog:

New video has surfaced on YouTube that reportedly shows the crash of an Iranian air force Il-76MD airborne warning and control system (AWACS) in September 2009. According to the ASN database, the Il-76 flight crew had reported an engine fire, but on final approach the AWACS radar dome detached sheared off the tail. The video is captured by the boom operator of a Iranian 707 tanker, with an F-4 in trail. (The title on the YouTube video is inaccurate.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w_Cp2anHN3U
 

Abraham Gubler

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DefenseNews has a far more accurate desciption of these events from the time:

http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=4289949&c=AIR&s=MID

In short it is the ex Iraqi Il-76 AEW&C that lost its tail thanks to a mid air collision with an F-5 while performing in an Iranian ceremonial flypast.
 
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