Major Mechanical Failure Takes Down Fighter Jet
BOISE — Just as hundreds of airmen from the Mountain Home Air Force Base are expected return home from their deployment in Southwest Asia, KTVB reports on what caused one of their fighter planes to go down while overseas. The investigation board says catastrophic failure of the right engine caused an F-15E Strike Eagle to crash back in May. The pilots from Idaho’s 366th Fighter Wing were able to eject safely. Seconds later, the aircraft crashed into an unpopulated area. Two months earlier, F-15E pilot Captain Francis Imlay, also of the 366th Fighter Wing, died of injuries resulting from a similar training crash.