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U.S. Warplane Crashes in Turkey

July 18, 2001

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ A U.S. F-16 fighter jet crashed in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday as it was heading toward northern Iraq to patrol a no-fly zone, the U.S. military said.

The pilot ejected from the aircraft, but there was no immediate information on whether he had been rescued, said Maj. Ed Loomis, a spokesman for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Turkish military, however, issued a statement saying that the pilot parachuted to safety.

Loomis said the cause of the crash was not known, but added that it was not due to hostile action.

The plane took off from Incirlik air base in southern Turkey and crashed near the town of Diyarbakir, about halfway between Incirlik and the Iraqi border.

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