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November 28, 2006



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Description: SOUTHWEST ASIA — The interim safety investigation board convened by U.S. Central Command Air Forces has begun its efforts to gather evidence to determine what caused a United States Air Force F-16C to crash approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad at about 1:35 p.m. Monday.

The single-seat jet was in direct support of extensive coalition ground combat operations when it crashed in an uninhabited field.

Coalition reconnaissance assets and fighter aircraft were overhead when the crash occurred and confirmed that insurgents were in the vicinity of the crash site immediately following the crash.

Ground forces secured the crash scene Monday as soon as the extensive ground combat operations in the area had ceased. The primary concerns of USCENTAF in responding to this incident have been the safety of Coalition forces and the recovery of the pilot. The pilot was not found at the crash site and his status cannot be confirmed at this time. The investigation board has collected DNA samples from the crash site and will release results upon completion of testing.

The F-16 was deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq. The accident investigation convening authority is Air Combat Command.

Comments on Uh-oh.
AFSister briefed on November 28, 2006 10:18 AM

I've been following this story since it broke yesterday. It worries the hell out of me that they can't find the pilot. Our guys circled the area after the crash, but I guess they left before our ground forces reached the plane. Mistake. BIG mistake. I wonder why they left him. I am just sick about this.

BillT briefed on November 28, 2006 10:50 AM

It should also be instructive to learn what *wasn't* found in the wreckage -- even if it is determined that the crash wasn't survivable.

Nothing makes your day go by slower than knowing that the Bad Guys can monitor your *secure* transmissions...

AFSister briefed on November 28, 2006 12:00 PM

Yet another reason to be ever-so joyful, eh Bill?

FbL briefed on November 28, 2006 05:41 PM

Well, the "good" news is that reporters have apparently seen footage that includes the dead pilot tangled up in his parachute lines near the wreckage. --"Good" in the sense that he is not being tortured at the hands of the terrorists, but terrible becauase he is dead and bad because they will surely try to put his body to propaghanda purposes.