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US Air Force F-15E Incident in Libya; Crew Recovered

Posted 3/22/2011   Updated 3/22/2011 Email story   Print story

    


from Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn, Public Affairs

3/22/2011 - USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Mediterranean Sea  -- Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast, Libya, March 21, at approximately 10:30 p.m. CET.

Both crew members ejected and are safe.

The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn at the time of the incident.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The identities will be released after the next of kin have been notified.

Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.

For additional information, please contact AFRICOM-MEDIA@africom.mil or +49-711-729-4714.



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4/1/2011 12:24:02 PM ET
I would be surprized if they grounded the F15s as they have flown handicaped for years unlike the foreign versions that are powered by F110-129 engines. The F111F engines suffered greatly from Turbine shell out causing approx 20 a month to be returned to Depot and I'm sure similar Turbine problems still exist on the F15s today in the USAF. Seems lessons learned are not translated to the purchasers of new weapon systems in the USAF.
F111F Heath maintainer, USA Retired SNCO
 
3/23/2011 3:48:40 AM ET
Does this mean all F15's will be grounded as they were last time one crashed in the states unexpectidly
Rob Young, lakenheath
 
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