U.S. Aircraft Crash, Eastern Mediterranean Sea

At approximately 1630 EST, initial reports indicated that a manned-U.S. aircraft crashed in the Eastern Mediterranean. U.S. officials confirmed to media that the crash was not due to hostile activity, but rather was an aviation mishap during a training evaluation. United States European Command issued a statement that it wouldn’t release further details out of respect for the families, indicating that the crew members were lost or possibly killed.

A Notice to Mariners (NOTAM) has been issued for follow on search and rescue operations and an MH-60S helicopter was spotted on FlightRadar East of Cyprus:

Two U.S. carrier strike groups are operating in the Mediterranean Sea supporting Israel’s ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. This aircraft was most likely one of the F/18s or F-35s operating from one of those carriers.

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Ethan Alun
Ethan Alun
A United States Naval Academy and American Military University Alumni, Ethan covers flash military, intelligence, and geo-political updates.
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