Mountain Home F-15 crashes, crew members eject to safety

Mountain Home F-15 crashes, crew members eject to safety

Credit: Mountain Home Airforce Base

A member of the 366th Fighter Wing pilots a F-15E Strike Eagle over southwest Idaho during a bombing exercise known as "dropping the hammer."

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 8:20 AM

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE – Officials from Idaho's 366th Fighter Wing say an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed early Thursday morning during a routine training mission in southwest Asia.

The crash happened at 1:40 a.m. Mountain Time.

The F-15's pilot and another crew member are reported to have ejected to safety.

According to the U.S. Air Force Central Command, the cause of the crash is still under investigation, and was not due to hostile fire or insurgent activity.

Air Force officials say first responders are currently on the scene, and more details will be released as they become available.

“We are extremely grateful that our Gunfighters are safe,” said Col. Bruce Smith, 366th Fighter Wing Vice Commander. “However, we are confident that this incident will be fully investigated.”

More than 300 Mountain Home AFB Airmen are currently deployed to support F-15E overseas contingency missions designed to deliver combat air power for joint operations.

On March 28th, F-15E pilot Captain Francis Imlay, also of the 366th Fighter Wing, died of injuries resulting from a similar training crash.

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