GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13320 posts, RR: 77
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1655 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