A US military plane crashed in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
According to reports, the plane crashed due to a failure during training, not hostile conduct.
BREAKING REPORT: US military aircraft crashes in eastern Mediterranean Sea..
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Fox News shares more on the story:
The organization, which is responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean, said that they can “definitively say” that the mishap was “purely related to” training exercises and that there are “no indications of hostile activity.”
It is not clear what service branch the personnel involved are a part of, or details about the aircraft or its crew.
EUCOM also did not provide any additional information regarding how many crew were aboard the aircraft, saying that, “out of respect for the families affected, we will not release further information on the personnel involved at this time.”
What is the status of our aircraft?
You may recall that a military plane crashed in South Carolina in September.
US military aircraft crashes in eastern Mediterranean: USEUCOM
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The Associated Press News has more on the aircraft that went down over South Carolina:
Authorities had been searching for the jet since the pilot, whose name hasn’t been released, parachuted to safety into a North Charleston neighborhood about 2 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, Marines Maj. Melanie Salinas said.
“The mishap is currently under investigation, and we are unable to provide additional details to preserve the integrity of the investigative process,” the Marine Corps said in a news release on Monday evening.
The Marine Corps announced earlier Monday it was pausing aviation operations for two days after the fighter jet’s crash — the third costly accident in recent weeks.
Gen. Eric Smith, the acting commandant of the Marine Corps, ordered the stand-down while authorities searched near two South Carolina lakes for the missing FB-35B Lightning II aircraft.
It’s the third event documented as a “Class-A mishap” over the past six weeks, according to a Marine Corps announcement. Such incidents occur when damages reach $2.5 million or more, a Department of Defense aircraft is destroyed, or someone dies or is permanently disabled.
Commanders will spend the stand-down reinforcing safe flying policies, practices and procedures with their Marines, according to the Monday release.
Is a lack of funding or training responsible for these crashes?
These are not cheap aircraft, and every time we lose one, millions of taxpayers’ money is out the window.