National Oil Corporation confirms a Libyan C-130 aircraft chartered by Akakus Oil crashed during take-off, 2km from the Sharara oil field, after delivering 18 tonnes of catering and maintenance supplies. The crash occurred at approximately 12:25pm on 29 April 2018.
Firefighters and ambulance crews rushed to rescue the stricken plane. The injured individual suffering burns was airlifted by air ambulance to a hospital in Tripoli.
The circumstances of the incident are still being investigated, the NOC reported. The military aircraft was operated by the Libyan Air Force and was chartered by the Akakus Oil Operations Company, the operator of the Sharara oilfield. It had been chartered to transport supplies and other field supplies due to closures and security conditions on the road leading to the field, the NOC explained.
The NOC Board of Directors cancelled all their commitments and are presently at Akakus headquarters meeting with local management and a number of emergency staff to follow up on this tragic incident. The circumstances of the crash are still being investigated.
Mr. Fayez Al-Sarraj, Chairman of the Presidential Council, was briefed on the developments of the incident, and expressed his solidarity with the families of the victims, ordering the preparation of a decree commemorating the deceased as martyrs. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was also briefed and offered its condolences to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.
The plane in question is the property of the Libyan Air Force but was chartered by Akakus Oil, who operate the Sharara field. The company was forced to charter the aircraft due to road closures and the security situation on the ground stemming from a road blockade leading to the field.
Chairman of the National Oil Corporation, Eng. Mustafa Sanalla expressed his deepest sorrow and solidarity with the families of the victims and to the Air Force Chief of Staff, offering sincere condolences on behalf of NOC following this great tragedy.
Libyan C-130 Sustained Minor Damage during Airstrike by LNA Mig-21
On Jan. 3, 2017, a MiG-21MF belonging to Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s Tobruk-based Libyan National Army (LNA), reportedly targeted a Saraya Defend Benghazi (SDB) — also known as Benghazi Defense Brigade (BDB), military holdout at Al Jufrah air base, damaging a the sole C-130H transport in service with the Libya Dawn Air Force and killing one and injuring two, including Ibrahim Beit Al Mal, as narrated by the spokesperson for the Misrata Military Council.
According to the LNA, the C-130 was carrying ammunition and soldiers, but the Misrata Military Council claims that the plane was merely carrying a delegation coming to pay their respects to the family of soldiers killed in prior LNA air strikes. It appears that the C-130H was only lightly damaged. A news clip from the Libyan Panorama Channel (LPC) covering the incident is given below.