GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13170 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
It appears that it may have been hit by a US Patriot missile.
If so, very concerning, you expect this sort of thing in the heat of battle, but it seems this aircraft was returning from a mission, the Patriots being based in Kuwait.
Several things come to mind, a communications foul up, or the dangers of a heavily automated system like Patriot, or maybe the UK MoD's negligence of procuring a new IFF system coming home to roost. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2877349.stm