Skip to comments.US Air Force F-15E Incident in Libya; Crew Safe
Posted on 03/22/2011 4:27:12 AM PDT by kristinn
USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Mediterranean Sea, Mar 22, 2011 Two crew members ejected from their U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle when the aircraft experienced equipment malfunction over northeast Libya, March 21, 2011 at approximately 10:30 p.m. CET.
Both crew members ejected and are safe.
The aircraft, based out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, was flying out of Aviano Air Base in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn at the time of the incident.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
The identities will be released after the next of kin have been notified.
Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn is the U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. UNSCR 1973 authorizes all necessary measures to protect civilians in Libya under threat of attack by Qadhafi regime forces.
WSO/EWO. No depth perception.
You are correct, mechanical failure apparently caused the crash.
What happened to the Carter helicopters was very fine sand damage. There were 52 hostages not 444, but they were held for 444 days.
According to other Comments, this is old equipment. Who was in charge when they should have been replaced? Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, or Obama. How much more money should we be spending when the voters indicated they want the deficit reduced?
Here is today’s AOL News feed on the crash. Considerable detail as well as update on other cities under attack. A video, 500 photos and many comments:
So... the plane that crashed could conceivably have participated in Reagan’s smack-down of the good colonel.
No, those were F-111’s.
IIRC the Air Force strike aircraft on that run were all F-111s flying out of RAF Lakenheath (and having to detour out into the Atlantic because the Frogs and Spanish wouldn’t let them overfly their airspace). Wouldn’t completely surprise me if that bird was a Gulf War I or II veteran for sure.
#### We need to recover that stuff before they do #####
“they” is the problem. Where we don’t know which is “they”
I don’t think that a munition was expended to destroy it? The missiles are still fairly intact. AIM-120C and AIM-9M. Think back to the F-117 shot down in Yugoslavia? Far too many civilians around the wreck to justify its destruction. The last thing that the Coalition wants is a group of anti-Gadaffi civilians killed.
Those ground attack missions have been briefed from when they first happened. Have you not been following the Penatagon briefings?
Reverse the situation. Humans are curious. It would be no different if they were US citizens.
No. Members of the Coalition are taking their equal turns to patrol and mount missions. The French carrier is on station now so the Navy Rafales are complementing the Air Force examples. The Canadians have started flying missions. Even the Swedes have offered up their SAAB Gripens.
Your vision of the US getting out of NATO is not going to happen. No US Administration is going to take such a measure.
On Tuesday morning the blackened wreckage was still smouldering. A guided missile lay at its side. The wings had been ripped from the long-range bomber and its two tail fins stood high above the grass, attracting opposition supporters and souvenir hunters alike.
**with no evidence of forward motion.**
You mean kinda like this?
**But I would NOT pull the nose vertical and eject...**
Yeah, you’re right, there’s the possibility of it coming down through your chute, OR maybe this happening: (at 2:09. ouch!)
Apparently Qatar is also flying, and at one point I noted that the Emirates said they would take part. I pulled up the latest AOL News feed on Libya. There are 500 photos and over 3,000 comments. I read some of the comments and a few were so poorly spelled or worded that I wondered if maybe they were a Libyan anti assistance plant. Then I saw where someone said a comment was a direct quote from a Kaddafi loyalist site.
Comment about comments <—> Another site has modified the way comments are viewed. The system is a pain in the rear. I pray someone is receiving and viewing the most recent instead of most popular, at the site (unnamed). Haven’t noticed AOL is doing this. Praying AOL does not adapt this policy.
The Pentagon has stated the the F-15E wreckage has now been bombed.
Yes, I have noticed that too about comments at AOL, I think you can request most recent or from oldest order. I have seen another site that has in addition most popular and one other that I don’d remember. One change I would like to see here at FR is the capacity to put in a date to pull up the personal pings from that period. Also, I have never figured out how to see what I have written to others on mail.
At any rate, her is today’s AOL News post on Libya. Don’t have time to look at it now, but may be good for a laugh. Perhaps someone would like to do it as a main post.
The way things are shaping up the Qatar planes just may turn around and fly home.
They got to go to Mosque and stick their butt in the air about four or five times a day. Its hard to get steady work done under such a legalistic system