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Tuesday
Mar222011

US Air Force Warplane Crashes in Libya; Crewmen Safe After Ejecting

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Ammons(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S. Air Force warplane went down in Libya Monday night, forcing the two crewmen onboard to eject from the aircraft, according to officials.

In a statement released Tuesday, U.S. Africa Command said the F-15E Strike Eagle went down over northeast Libya around 10:30 p.m. Central European Time after the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction.  The two crew members who abandoned the plane have been rescued and are said to be safe.  Their identities are being withheld until their loved ones are notified.

The warplane flew out of Aviano Air Base in Italy in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

The cause of the incident is currently being investigated.

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