US military aircraft ‘suffers a mishap’ during training and crashes over the eastern Mediterranean: Pentagon says ‘no indication’ of hostile activity

  • U.S. European Command (EUCOM) said that the unspecified aircraft was conducting a training operation and ‘suffered a mishap and went down’
  • The accident happened on Friday night in the eastern Mediterranean: the Pentagon has not confirmed whether there were any fatalities
  • EUCOM said that there was no sign that the plane was brought down by any type of attack 

A U.S. military aircraft crashed on Friday night over the eastern Mediterranean during a training operation.

The unspecified aircraft ‘suffered a mishap and went down’, said U.S. European Command (EUCOM) in a statement.

The Stuttgart, Germany-based division did not say how many casualties there were, ‘out of respect for the families’, but said the aircraft did not crash as a result of any attack. 

The Pentagon had not confirmed if there were any casualties in Friday’s accident

EUCOM said in a statement: ‘Out of respect for the families affected, we will not release further information on the personnel involved at this time.

‘The cause of the training incident is currently under investigation.

‘However, we can definitively say that the aircraft sortie was purely related to training and there are no indications of hostile activity.

‘We will provide more information as the situation develops.’

EUCOM is comprised of 65,000 permanent military personnel, responsible for U.S. military operations across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean.