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An act or instance of bringing down an aircraft by shooting at it.
- ‘South Ossetian forces have shot down a Georgian spy plane, officials in the breakaway province said today.’
- ‘General Grange, three U.S. Army helicopters have been shot down, apparently, over the past couple of weeks.’
- ‘However, officials did confirm that a British Tornado fighter bomber had been reportedly shot down by a US-operated Patriot missile near the Kuwaiti border.’
- ‘Dad was shot down on May 22.’
- ‘Hutu extremists accused Tutsi rebels of shooting down the plane.’
- ‘Nearly a decade later, he was shot down and taken prisoner in Vietnam.’
- ‘This clause, he said, would give the military the legal right to shoot down a hijacked plane.’
- ‘According to first findings, the guard was shot down with eight or nine bullets from a machine gun fired by an unknown number of assailants who had approached him.’
- ‘Ordinary Iraqis have been shot down by occupation forces.’
- ‘He shared in the destruction of a reconnaissance aircraft, and shot down a Bf 109 on May 29.’
- ‘Rather than shooting down dozens of rockets, this system would take out only one or two missiles in space with 16,000 mph interceptors.’
- ‘Officials say a second Tamil jet was shot down.’
- ‘Iraq said the attack helicopter was shot down over Karbala, south of Baghdad.’
- ‘The helicopter was apparently shot down in Afghanistan's most volatile province, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.’
- ‘Actor Tom Sizemore will play a mechanic who shoots down attacking Japanese aircraft with a shotgun.’
- ‘Her notoriety increased after she single-handedly shot down a Rhodesian army helicopter.’
- ‘Inside the porch of the church are some remains of the framework from the German Zeppelin L48 that was shot down in 1917.’
- ‘The enlisted fliers shot down 130 enemy aircraft.’
- ‘In an extreme case, it can alert US air defenses to shoot down a suspect plane.’
- ‘US sources said that two missiles had been shot down.’
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