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A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle crashed in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday, a U.S. Forces Afghanistan press release said.

The two crewmembers on board the fighter jet were killed, according to media reports and confirmed by a public affairs officer. The twin-engine jet fighter crashed at 3:15 a.m. Kabul time.

The Air Force is notifying next of kin. A board of officers will be convened to investigate the accident, the release said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones … and to the Airmen and the joint and coalition team members who called them friends and will miss their fellow warriors," Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of U.S. Air Forces Central, said in the release.

Air Force officials would not say where the plane went down, what squadron and base the plane was from and what the aircraft was doing, other than flying in support of coalition operations.

The crash comes in what is shaping up as one of the deadliest months since the war in Afghanistan started, The Associated Press reported.

As of Wednesday, at least 46 coalition troops, including 24 Americans, had been killed. That matches the tolls for the two previous deadliest months — last month and August of 2008, according to The AP.


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