France says destroyed Libyan military plane at Misrata

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Posted: Mar 24, 2011 11:59 AM
France says destroyed Libyan military plane at Misrata

PARIS (Reuters) - A French warplane fired an air-to-ground missile at a Libyan military plane and destroyed it just after it landed at Misrata air force base, a French armed forces spokesman said on Thursday.

"The French patrol carried out an air-to-ground strike with an AASM weapon just after the plane had landed at the Misrata airbase," the spokesman said, adding that the plane, belonging to Muammar Gaddafi's military, had breached the U.N.-imposed no-fly zone.

(Reporting by Daniel Flynn; Editing by Jon Hemming)