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Air Force Pilot Killed in Mideast F-16 Crash Before ISIS Mission

Officials said his plane malfunctioned on takeoff and then went down while he tried to return to an airstrip in Jordan.
Image: F-16 Fighting Falcon
An Air Force pilot flying an F-16 like the one shown here crashed in the Middle East on Sunday.JONATHAN SYNDER / AFP - Getty Images, file

A U.S. Air Force pilot assigned to bomb ISIS targets the Middle East was killed when his F-16 fighter jet crashed on Sunday, military officials said. The Fighting Falcon had a mechanical malfunction shortly after takeoff, and the pilot attempted to get back to an airstrip in Jordan but did not make it. Officials stressed the crash was not combat-related and there is no evidence the jet was brought down by enemy fire. The cause is under investigation, and the pilot's name has not been released.


— Jim Miklaszewski