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March 22, 2011

Telegraph reports U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle found in field in Libya (Updated)

Topics: International News


The Telegraph's Rob Crilly describes it as a crashed US warplane, and that it has been found crashed in a field in Libya ... and says that it came down late last night.

It is believed that a mechanical failure brought it down late last night and it is understood that the pilot was taken by rebels and is safe.
Update: Reuters tweats: U.S. military says U.S. fighter jet has crashed in Libya, one crewman recovered, one "in process of recovery."

The BBC reports that the plane crash landed.

MSNBC reports that the crew members were separated because they ejected at high altitudes and ended up in different areas.

Meanwhile, the financial cost of the Libya operation is already piling up.

Newest update: The U.S. Africa Command reports that both crew members ejected and that both are now safe:

USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Mediterranean Sea, Mar 22, 2011 -- Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya, March 21, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. CET.

Both crew members ejected and are safe.

The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn at the time of the incident.

CNN videos provide some of the details:

The F-15E Strike Eagle
U.S. Lawmakers Seek Details From Obama on Goals of Libya Mission

Posted by Richard at March 22, 2011 6:22 AM

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