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Mediterranean: Five US service members killed in aircraft training crash US
Five US service members killed in aircraft training crash in the Mediterranean. Photo Courtesy: US European Command Public Affairs

Mediterranean: Five US service members killed in aircraft training crash

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Nov 2023, 09:57 am

At least five US service members were killed after an aircraft crashed during a training flight in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Friday (November 13, 2023).

US European Command said in a statement: "During a routine air refuelling mission as part of military training, a U.S. military aircraft carrying five service members suffered a mishap and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea."

"All five of the service members onboard the aircraft were killed,"  the statement said.

Search and rescue efforts began immediately, including nearby U.S. military aircraft and ships.The US has increased operations in the region amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the fallen. An investigation into the crash is underway," the statement said.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden mourned the loss of lives in the incident and said in a statement: "Today, Jill and I mourn the loss of 5 American service members who died when their aircraft crashed in the Mediterranean Sea during a routine training mission. Our service members put their lives on the line for our country every day."

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