An American military aircraft crashed during training in the eastern Mediterranean, as confirmed by the US European Command (EUCOM) on Saturday.
The statement did not specify the aircraft type or its origin. However, it’s worth noting that the United States had deployed a carrier strike group to the region as part of efforts to prevent the Israel-Hamas conflict from escalating into a broader regional conflict.
The incident occurred on the evening of November 10 during a training operation. EUCOM’s statement did not provide details regarding the fate of the crew involved in the crash, and an investigation into the mishap’s cause is underway.
“On the evening of November 10, a US military aircraft conducting training operations in the eastern Mediterranean suffered a mishap and went down.”
The statement confirmed that the aircraft involved in the incident was solely engaged in training and no signs of hostile activity were detected. An investigation is currently ongoing to determine the cause of the training mishap.
In response to heightened tensions in the region, Washington swiftly provided military support to Israel. It reinforced its presence with assets like the USS Gerald R Ford aircraft carrier and additional warships.
These measures were initiated after a cross-border attack by Hamas from Gaza on October 7, which Israeli officials claim resulted in the deaths of approximately 1,200 people. In retaliation, Israel’s military launched a comprehensive campaign involving air, land, and naval operations on Gaza, leading to a reported death toll of over 11,000 people, as stated by the territory’s health ministry.