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F-16 crashes in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan --

A U.S. Air Force F-16 assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed during take-off March 29 at about 8:30 p.m. near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

The pilot safely ejected, was recovered by Coalition forces, and is being evaluated by medical personnel at the Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram. Coalition forces are securing the crash site.

The F-16s at Bagram Airfield provide 24-hour over-watch and close-air-support for ground units in Afghanistan.

Enemy fire was not a factor in the crash, and Air Force officials will investigate the cause of the crash.

More information will be released as it becomes available.