World Bulletin / News Desk
A U.S. F-16 fighter jet crashed Tuesday in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.
Spokesman Peter Cook said the jet crashed during takeoff about 8.30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) near Bagram airfield, the largest U.S. military base in the country, located next to the ancient city.
“The pilot safely ejected, was recovered by coalition forces,” Cook said. “The cause of this accident will be investigated and more information will be released as it becomes available.”
NATO-led coalition forces are securing the crash site, according to Cook, who added added that there is not yet any indication of an adversary fire which might have caused the incident.
According to U.S. officials, the Taliban has increased its armed activity in the country in the past year.
The insurgent group killed one U.S. soldier and wounded two last month during a joint operation by American and Afghan forces in Merjah. A U.S. helicopter was downed during the same operation.Last Mod: 30 Mart 2016, 09:03