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Libyan military pilots defy order to bomb protests

Report says duo refused to fire, parachuted out and allowed their plane to crash in remote area.

Even as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called on the military to crack down on anti-government protesters, reports came in Wednesday that a military aircraft had crashed because the crew refused to carry out bombing orders, according to a CNN report.



The report of the military resistance comes amid reports that Italian authorities estimate that as many as 1,000 people have been killed in since the revolt began around a week ago.



An opposition figure told CNN the pilot had been ordered to bomb oil fields southwest of Benghazi but refused and instead ejected from the plane.

The Libyan newspaper Quryna reported that two people were on board, and that both — the pilot and co-pilot — parachuted out, allowing the plane to crash into an uninhabited area west of Ajdabiya, 160 kilometers (100 miles) southwest of Benghazi. The newspaper cited military sources.

CNN could not immediately confirm reports for many areas in Libya. The Libyan government maintains tight control on communications and has not responded to repeated requests from CNN for access to the country. CNN has interviewed numerous witnesses by phone.


 
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