US fighter jet crashes in Afghanistan

July 18, 2009 7:17:21 AM PDT
A U.S. fighter jet has crashed in central Afghanistan, killing two crew members. A U.S. military spokesman says a second fighter aircraft flying alongside the F-15E Strike Eagle saw no evidence of hostile fire. Col. Greg Julian said on his Twitter site that mechanical problems caused the crash, and Afghan authorities described the remote area where the plane went down as peaceful.

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.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan today, officials say a driver blew up an explosive-laden vehicle next to an Afghan army convoy, killing three soldiers and wounding three others.

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