A U.S. warplane was forced to make a crash-landing in Libya after suffering from mechanical failure, The London Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.
The crew of the F-15E Eagle was believed to be safe. There was no immediate confirmation of the crash-landing from U.S. or U.K. military officials.
A correspondent for the newspaper on the ground in Libya said via Twitter that the plane plowed into a field near opposition stronghold Benghazi in the east of the country late Monday. The crew was in rebel hands, the newspaper reported.
US planes including F-16s were involved in a third night of air attacks on Libya on Monday.
5:48 a.m. Tuesday ET, 11:13 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle fighter has crashed, apparently because of mechanical failure, in a rebel-controlled area of Libya, according to Arab media reports. The pilot has been rescued, according to the reports.
[5:48 a.m. Tuesday ET, 11:13 a.m. Tuesday in Libya] The United Arab Emirates said at least two aircraft squadrons are ready to be deployed within 48 hours to support the international mission in Libya, a military leader said.
via CNN.com Blogs.
1031: More details on the crash. African Command’s Kenneth Fidler tells the BBC the indications are that the crash was not caused “by hostile action”. He says that one crew member has been recovered, and an operation is currently under way to recover the other serviceman.1025: The US African Command has now confirmed to the BBC that the US warplane crashed in Libya.
1011: More on the US warplane that crashed late on Monday in Libya. It is understood that the pilot was taken by rebels and is safe, the Telegraph says. So far there have been no independent confirmation of this report.via BBC News – Live: Libya crisis.
US military says cause of jet crash in #Libya believed to be mechanical failure, not hostile fire
F-15 crashes in Libya; crew ‘safe’
Two Air Force fliers safely ejected from an F-15E Strike Eagle over northeast Libya late Monday night after the jet “experienced equipment malfunction,” Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn announced this morning.
The two fliers “are safe,” the task force said, without elaboration as to their whereabouts.
The jet, based at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, in support of the U.N.-sanctioned allied no-fly zone operation over Libya at the time of the incident, which took place at 10:30 p.m. local time, the task force said. The incident is under investigation.
No further details were released. The fliers’ identities will be released after next of kin are notified, the task force said.
via Navy Times.
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