Monday, July 20, 2009

Two Airmen Killed in Afghanistan

Jet crash in Afghanistan kills two crewmembers

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, a U.S. Forces Afghanistan press release said.

The two crewmembers on board the fighter jet were killed, according to media reports and confirmed by a public affairs officer. The twin-engine jet fighter crashed at 3:15 a.m. Kabul time.

The Air Force is notifying next of kin. A board of officers will be convened to investigate the accident, the release said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones … and to the Airmen and the joint and coalition team members who called them friends and will miss their fellow warriors," Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central, said in the release.

Air Force officials would not say where the plane went down, what squadron and base the plane was from and what the aircraft was doing, other than flying in support of coalition operations.

The crash comes in what is shaping up as one of the deadliest months since the war in Afghanistan started, The Associated Press reported.

As of Wednesday, at least 46 coalition troops, including 24 Americans, had been killed. That matches the tolls for the two previous deadliest months — last month and August of 2008, according to The AP.

Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Sunday, July 19, 2009

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May Almighty God Bless these brave warriors.
May Almighty God comfort the families who love them so.

8 comments:

Bag Blog said...

My prayers go out to the family and friends of the Airmen.

coffeypot said...

Dying in combat is one thing. That's part of their being in the armed forces, but to die in a Godforsaken place, where the major features are rocks and mountains, by accident or sickness so far away from home and family seems so sad to me.

AirmanMom said...

bagblog...amen!

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...so very sad

Mariana Soffer said...

It is really sad. I don t have anything to say regarding afganistant, just sit and be quiet for a while

Tami said...

I will be lifting these Heroes up to the Lord Almighty along with their families and all loved ones.

God Bless them all,

aam

AirmanMom said...

mariana...I thank you for stopping by.

AirmanMom said...

aam...amen!