Fighter jet crashes in Afghanistan
A fighter jet crashed in southern Afghanistan on Monday, in the fourth wreck in three days, authorities said, reported CNN.
Authorities were looking into why the plane went down during takeoff from Kandahar airfield Monday morning, but the role of insurgents had been ruled out, said Lt. Col. Paul Kolken, the spokesman at the airfield.
The crew ejected safely, and was being treated, Kolken said. Five hours after the crash, the wreckage of the plane was still on fire.
Military officials did not identify the type of jet that crashed, nor did they release the nationality of the crew. Weather conditions were fair at the time of the incident, Kolken said.
On Saturday, a U.S. fighter jet crashed in eastern Afghanistan, killing its crew of two.
In addition, a civilian helicopter went down on takeoff from Kandahar airfield on Sunday, killing 16 people, NATO said.