U.S. jet crashes in Libya, pilots safe

A U.S. fighter jet crashed Monday night in Libya in one of the first known mishap of international forces, but both pilots are safe, according to the New York Times.

The Associated Press reported that the F-15E Strike Eagle jet was on a mission against Col. Moammer Gadhaffi's forces when its equipment malfunctioned.

After both pilots were ejected from the aircraft, one was found by a coalition rescue team and the other by the Libyan people, Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the U.S. tactical commander of the mission, told the New York Times.

"I hugged him and said don't be scared we are your friends," Younis Amruni, a 27-year-old Libyan who saw the pilot parachute into the field, told the Telegraph.

The U.S. and European forces, authorized by the United Nations Security Council, began a series of air strikes Saturday, said the New York Times.

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