An American F-15E jet crashed in eastern region of Afghanistan on Saturday, killing two crewmembers aboard the plane, the US military said in a statement. The F-15E crashed at approximately 3:15 A.M. Kabul time while it was conducting coalition operations. The military officials said that the crash of the fighter plane was caused by some mechanical problems, ruling out the possibility of hostile fire at the jet. The F15e crash in Afghanistan occurred after a U.S. helicopter was shot down by Taliban insurgents in the restive southern province of Helmand on Tuesday. At least five people were killed in the attack. (The photo above is a file photo is a 15E crash in England in which the crew survived the crash).
Two crew members died when an F-15E fighter plane assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro crashed in eastern Afghanistan Friday night. The crash of the F-15E came in a month that has already proved the deadliest for Western troops in the course of the nearly 8-year-old Afghanistan conflict. At least 50 coalition service members, including 26 Americans, have been killed so far in July. The highest previous monthly tally for Western troop fatalities in Afghanistan was 46. No fighter jets have crashed in Afghanistan in years. Militants are able to shoot down helicopters with rockets, but are not known to have the anti-aircraft weaponry necessary to bring down a high-flying jet.