Two people died in Libya on Sunday after helicopters belonging to the Libyan National Army (LNA) collided 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Libya’s second city Benghazi.
Both Mil-MI8 helicopters were badly damaged, but the occupants of the second helicopter survived. The Mi-8s were supporting Libyan troops in securing their border area south of Benina airbase.
“The direct impact between two helicopters” caused the death of a general and a technician, LNA’s General Miloud al-Zouay told foreign media
The two aircraft were carrying out a military mission” Zouay said.
Since last week, forces of the the Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been fighting with their former ally the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) in the south of Libya near the Chadian border.
Major fighting in Libya’s civil war has since ended with both sides accepting a UN-backed a ceasefire, an interim unity government and promises of elections.