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U.S. F-16 warplane crashes in Iraq, pilot uninjured 2007-07-16 02:36:18
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Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

    BAGHDAD, July 15 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. F-16 warplane crashed during takeoff on Sunday at a base north of Baghdad, but the pilot was ejected safely, the military said in a statement.

    The aircraft, which deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, crashed during takeoff at Balad air base north of Baghdad, the statement said.

    The pilot of the single-seat aircraft was ejected safely and was transported to a hospital, it said.

    The aircraft was flying on a combat mission, providing close air support to ground forces fighting anti-Iraq forces, it added.

    Cause of the accident is under investigation.

Editor: Yan Liang
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