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No enemy involvement in U.S. plane crash in Djibouti: Pentagon

02-22-2012 09:43 BJT

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- There was no indication of enemy involvement in the aircraft crash that killed four U.S. soldiers in Djibouti, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

"This is obviously a tragic incident," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said about the accident, which occurred Saturday at the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in Djibouti City. Four Air Force special operators were killed when their single-engine U- 28 aircraft crashed.

Camp Lemonnier, which is located nearby, is the main base of operations for U.S. Africa Command in the Horn of Africa.

The airmen had been conducting a surveillance and reconnaissance mission, Little said. "There is absolutely no indication of any kind of enemy involvement in the downing of the plane," he added.

Little said the Air Force mission was in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes operations in Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Horn of Africa and elsewhere.

A safety board investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the incident, according to a statement on the U.S. Africa Command website.

The accident occurred at about 8 p.m. local time, the statement said, and U.S. military personnel were dispatched to the scene.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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