December 11, 2017

Air Force Fighter Jet Crashes In Libya

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a U.S. fighter jet has crashed in Libya.  The pilot is reported to be safe, according to the report.


U.S. Air Force Jet Crashes in Libya

U.S. Air Force F-15E Fighter Jet Crashes in Libya

It is unclear as to whether this is an Air Force or Navy pilot.

UPDATE:

Reuters is reporting that the warplane that crashed was a U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter jet.

UPDATE 2:

U.S. officials have stated they do not believe the crash was caused by enemy fire.

“Both crew members ejected with minor injuries and are safe,” said Vince Crawley, spokesman for U.S. Africa Command, which runs the military campaign to enforce the no-fly-zone in Libya. “It is our understanding that the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction,” he said.

The F-15E fighter jet, the first plane to crash in Libya since the beginning of the coalition attack on Libya, was based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the U.K., and was operating out of Aviano Air Base in Italy, according to an official U.S. military statement.