I just read a really interesting post at the Aviationist. It's based on personal accounts, and classified reports, but if true is extremely
According to the post, in 1987, when tensions between Chad and Libya were high, French forces in the region may have mistakenly shot down a US C-130.
According to official reports, only one aircraft was shot down during Operation Epervier, a Libyan Tu-22 on Sept 7, 1987.
According to an anonymous (I know, I know, but this could be very interesting if it can be verified) French source, on the evening of July 7, 1988 an
aircraft was seen approaching Faya Largeau airport. Three Stinger missiles were fired (Chad had received Stingers in 1987, the French never used
them), one hit bringing the aircraft down.
When the wreckage was found, it was identified as an American C-130. The body of a pilot was retrieved from the wreckage and returned to the embassy.
Supposedly the entire incident is still classified. There were no incidents listed anywhere near there in this time frame that could be this
aircraft, but I thought this might be a fun mystery for my fellow Avnerds to dig into.