Dutch F-16 crashes in Afghanistan

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1 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — A Dutch fighter pilot died when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

1 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch fighter pilot died when his F-16 fighter jet crashed in southern Afghanistan on Thursday.

The Dutch Defence Ministry said his plane, based in Kabul, was flying at a "great height" at the time of the accident, making it unlikely it was shot down. "We therefore assume it was an accident," officials said in a statement.

The plane came down in a barren area of Ghazni Province, north of Uruzgan, where 1,400 Dutch troops are based. The wreckage and the pilot's body were found by a American rescue team.

The Dutch air force had launched an investigation into the accident.

The 29-year-old pilot is the third Dutch fatality in Afghanistan.  Two Dutch military personnel were among the 12 people killed in a helicopter crash in Paktia province last July.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news, Afghanistan

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