F-16 crash: Taliban claims their fighters shot down the US warplane; Pentagon says no signs of enemy action
A US F-16 warplane crashed Tuesday while taking off from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, an official said. The pilot ejected safely.
Washington: A US F-16 warplane crashed Tuesday while taking off from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan, an official said. The pilot ejected safely.
Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the fighter from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed around 8:30 pm (1630 GMT).
"Coalition forces are securing the crash site. The cause of this accident will be investigated," Cook said.
The Taliban said their fighters shot down the jet, claiming that all on board had been killed. The insurgent group is well known for exaggerating battlefield claims.
Cook said there was no immediate indication the plane came down due to enemy action.
The pilot safely ejected and was recovered by coalition forces, and was being evaluated by medical personnel.
Bagram is the largest US military base in Afghanistan and is located north of Kabul.
The authors urged the US administration to 'consider exceptions' to the Defense Production Act (DPA) of 1950, under which Washington has halted the export of raw materials
COVID-19 crisis: 'Priority to vaccinate Americans first,' US defends export ban on vaccine raw materials to India
'It is not only in the US interest to see Americans vaccinated; but it is in the interests of the rest of the world to see Americans vaccinated,' said State Dept spokesperson Ned Price
A three-count indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao in the case