Black boxes found from Libyan plane crash in Tunisia

Investigators work at the site of a plane crash near Grombalia town, south of Tunis, Feb. 21, 2014. (Reuters)

Searchers in Tunisia have found the black boxes of a Libyan military hospital plane that crashed early Friday, killing 11 people including a top former jihadist, the transport ministry said.

“The transport ministry announces that the two black boxes from the Libyan military aircraft that crashed yesterday in the Grombalia region have been found,” a statement said, without elaborating.

The aircraft came down at about 1:30 am on Friday in a field on the edge of Nianou village, around 40 kilometers from the capital Tunis.

It had been transporting Meftah al-Mabrouk Issa al-Dhawadi to Tunis from a military airfield near Tripoli for medical treatment, the Libyan government said in a statement.

Three medics

All 11 on board were killed. In addition to Dhawadi and another unidentified patient, the dead were three medics and a crew of six.

Dhawadi was a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) - a now disbanded movement with alleged links to al-Qaeda which joined the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that overthrew dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

Several members of the group served in the transitional government of Abdelrahim al-Keib, which held power for a year from Nov. 2011.

Dhawadi was undersecretary at the ministry of martyrs and missing persons.

The aircraft that crashed was a Libyan air force Russian-made Antonov-26, a twin-engine turboprop.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:41 - GMT 06:41