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May 21, 1986

A U.S. fighter-bomber lost in last month's air raid on Libya was not shot down and probably crashed due to pilot disorientation or systems failure, Jane's Defense Weekly reported. The respected London magazine, quoting intelligence sources, said the Air Force F-111 is believed to have crashed at sea about 20 miles north of Tripoli, out of range of Libyan anti-aircraft fire. The Libyans, claiming to have downed the jet, have displayed a helmet apparently belonging to the plane's co-pilot, which may have washed ashore.

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