Iraqi general found dead at F-16 crash site in Arizona

By REUTERS
June 27, 2015 00:17
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PHOENIX- The body of an Iraqi general killed when his military fighter jet crashed into the Arizona desert during a night training mission has been found near the US-Mexico border, US officials said on Friday.

Search crews recovered the body of Brigadier General Rasid Mohammed Sadiq Hasan from the crash site about five miles east of Douglas Municipal Airport, US and Iraqi government officials said.

Hasan was alone in the Iraqi military-owned F-16 Fighting Falcon when it went down at about 8 pm on Wednesday, sparking a large grass fire.

The blaze was extinguished within hours, and there were no reports of injuries on the ground from the crash, authorities said.

Hasan was part of a Tucson-based training program for pilots from nine nations that is run by the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing.

"Our hearts are with Gen. Hasan's family, friends and countrymen," Colonel Phil Purcell, the wing commander, said in a statement. "Gen. Hasan's efforts in the defense of his nation should be commended."

The statement said that the Iraq pilots trained by the US Air Force will be the first to use F-16's belonging to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

The Air Force is investigating the cause of the accident, US officials said.

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