11 Commercial Airliners Missing after Islamists takeover Libyan Airport: Fears of Suicide Airliner Attacks on 9/11

A coalition of Islamist and Misrata forces captured the Tripoli International Airport late last month, www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/world/43038/34_aircraft_damaged_d at least thirty-four planes during the fighting. But now officials are worried about 11 aircraft that went missing during the attack.

U.S. intelligence agencies are not saying which aircraft went missing after the takeover of Tripoli International Airport in late August, but it is known that the state-owned Libyan Airlines fleet included seven Airbus 320s, one Airbus 330, two French ATR-42 turboprop aircraft, and four Bombardier CJR-900s. The Libyan state-owned Afriqiyah Airways fleet, which also operated out of Tripoli, was made up of 13 aircraft, including three Airbus 319s, seven Airbus 320s, two Airbus 330s, and one Airbus 340.

Many of the airplanes that were at the seized airport have the ability to make it to the United States, having a flight range anywhere from 1,500 to 6,500 miles.