American F-15 crashes in Libya, a reminder of mission's potential costsSubmitted by We the People on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 14:58
To Libyan villagers this thing probably looks like an alien space ship.
I've seen this get out of hand before, i.e. Somalia. An aircraft goes down, then you have to send in more aircraft to rescue the pilots, then if those get shot down...
Two American pilots were forced to eject from their F-15 fighter jet Monday night after the aircraft experienced “equipment malfunction” over northeast Libya, according to a statement released Tuesday by the US military task force in charge of Libyan operations.
The military dispatched two Marine Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, which is currently about 100 miles off the coast of Libya, to pick up one of the downed pilots. The other ejected and “was recovered by the people of Libya,” said Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of US Naval Forces in Europe and Africa. “He was treated with dignity and respect, and is now in the care of the United States.”