Libya conflict: French Mirages forced to land in Malta

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Two French Mirage F1 fighter planes taking part in NATO's Libya bombing campaign were forced to make an emergency landing in Malta on Saturday after running short of fuel, aviation authorities said.

It is the fourth time since April that a pair of French Mirages has had to land in the Mediterranean island as a result of fuel problems.

A French Navy Dassault Super Etendard bomber aborted operations over Libya last Sunday and requested permission to make an emergency landing in Malta because of the strong winds.

© 2011 AFP

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