U.S. Air Force fighter crashes in Libya

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 22, 2011 1:15 PM
U.S. Air Force fighter crashes in Libya

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter crashed in Libya overnight and one crewmember has been safely rescued and the other is "in the process of recovery," a spokesman for the U.S. military's Africa Command said on Tuesday.

The crash was likely caused by mechanical failure and not hostile fire, the spokesman, Vince Crawley, told Reuters.

Crawley said the crash occurred "overnight." He declined to give the location of the crash and also would not say how the rescued crewman was picked up.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Matthew Jones)