U.S. Air Force jet crashes in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A U.S. Air Force jet with one pilot crashed in Iraq on Monday, the military said.

The F-16CG was supporting coalition ground forces when it went down at about 1:35 p.m. in Anbar province, about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, the military said in a brief statement.

The statement had no information about the suspected cause of the crash or the fate of the pilot.

Mohammed Al-Obeidi, who lives in the nearby town of Karmah, said by telephone that he saw the jet flying up and down erratically before it nose-dived and exploded in a farm field.

He said other U.S. warplanes rushed to the crash site and were circling around it.

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