On the 22.05 one A-10
was shot down near Klina (Kosovo). Remains of that aircraft were discovered and examined.
It was discovered that ammo for 30mm cannon was made from depleted uranium.
At 18:00 on 05-02-99 TV
Sitel in Skopje, Macedonia reported that a heavily-damaged A-10A
Thunderbolt of the 23rd Wing crash-landed near Skopje, not far from the Petrovec airport,
used by NATO for emergency landings and rescue operations. Pentagon reports indicate that
the aircraft was hit by an SA-7 man-portable SAM in the starboard engine. Many eye
witnesses in Skopje reported that the aircraft appeared to
have serious damage to
one of its engines (right engine relative to the pilot) and a wing. Several missiles were
still attached to the underwing pylons, creating a danger of explosion and a panic among
local residents. The pilot of the aircraft was reported to have been injured. Some 40
minutes after the crash, the aircraft was towed by a NATO vehicle to the Petrovec airport.
ABC News reported on 05-03-99: "NATO military spokesman General Walter Jertz said
NATO encountered increased resistance by Serb anti-aircraft defences and one
alliance plane, a U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt, had been hit and damaged but had landed
safely in Skopje, Macedonia."