Thu, Apr 03, 2003
F/A-18 Pilot's Fate Unknown
For the first time in a war that's lasted more than two weeks,
Iraqi air defense forces shot down an American warplane, according
to the Pentagon. A US Navy F/A-18 Hornet was reportedly lost over
Iraq after it was hit by a surface-to-air missile Wednesday,
military officials said.
A statement from U.S. Central Command said the plane went down
at 3:45 p.m. EST, shortly before midnight Iraq time on Wednesday.
The Pentagon said it was the first plane shot down during the war
against Iraq. The Iraqis also shot down a US army helicopter
Wednesday and have downed several pilotless surveillance
What About The Pilot?
the coalition does not discuss the details of ongoing recovery
operations, we are committed to accounting for all coalition
personnel," said a statement from US Central Command's headquarters
in Doha, Qatar. The release headed "Hornet single-seat aircraft
down in Iraq", that an investigation was continuing and the pilot's
name would not yet be released.
U.S. television networks said the fighter-bomber, based on an
aircraft carrier, had been shot down over southern Iraq by a
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