US F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya, crew members ejected and safe (Photo)

By on Mar 23, 2011 in Africa, Current Events Comments

A US F-15 fighter jet was reported to have crashed in Benghazi, Libya before midnight on Monday, March 21, 2011, as shown here in the photo below, where the two crew members were able to eject themselves from the plane and are now safe.



F-15 fighter jet crashes in Libya
Image Credit: Sebastian Meyer/Telegraph UK

According to Telegraph on Tuesday, which reported that their journalist in Libya have discovered the wrecked plane, the plane crashed down due to technical failure and was not shot down.

“One of the crew members has been recovered by the US forces and the other one was initially rescued by Libyan rebels.” US military’s Africa Command spokesman Vince Crawley was quoted as saying.

“Both of them have suffered from minor injuries and one of them is ‘in the process of recovery’.” Crawley added.

Apparently, the exact location where the plane crashed was not revealed, as well as the details on how the crew members were rescued. The cause of the incident is now under thorough investigation.

As reported by Aljazeera, the F-15E Strike Eagle encountered equipment malfunction at around 10:30 p.m. (CET) on Monday, and the two crew members ejected before it crashed on the grounds in the area of Benghazi.

A Libyan worker was said to have witnessed the plane as it was about to fall, and saw one of the crew members ejected and landed far away.

The two were supposed to talk with each other but language barrier prevented them to do so.



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