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F-16 Crashes in Iraq Friday
One Crew Member on Board, Cause Under Investigation
06/15/2007 5:08 PM ET
An F-16 fighter jet releasing flares
Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty
An F-16 fighter jet releasing flares

A U.S. Air Force F-16 plane with one crew member aboard crashed during a mission in Iraq on Friday, the Air Force said in a statement.

The plane "was flying on a close air support mission", the statement said, when it crashed at 12:27 am.

"The cause of the accident is under investigation," it said, without mentioning the fate of the crew member.

The plane was deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at an air base near Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad. AP reports that in Columbus, Ohio, an Ohio National Guard spokesman said the pilot, whom he did not identify, was a member of the 180th Fighter Wing based in Toledo. Spokesman Mark Wayda said about 270 of the unit's 1,000 members were deployed to Iraq last month.

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