F-15 crash in Illinois: pilots ejected

Earlier it was reported that the plane that crashed was being developed for the Qatari Air Force

Two pilots safely ejected from an F-15 fighter jet when the plane went off the runway while landing at an airport in Illinois, military officials said.

Two pilots on active duty suffered minor injuries in the incident at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Illinois, the US Air Force said.

Officials at nearby Scott Air Force Base said the pilots were hospitalized, and one of them has already been discharged.

Scott Air Force Base officials said in February that the new Boeing-built F-15QA, which was developed for the Qatari Air Force, would be operated at MidAmerica Airport, and that Qatari cadet pilots would be trained on the aircraft for several months.

The F-15QA aircraft that was involved in Tuesday’s incident was to be handed over to the Qatari Air Force as part of a foreign military sales program.

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Author: Steve Cowan
Graduated From Princeton University. He has been at the Free Press since October 2014. Previously worked as a regional entertainment editor.
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