The pilot of a US Air Force F-16 was killed late Sunday night in a crash shortly after taking off from a Middle East base during a strike mission against ISIS. The accident is still under investigation, while the pilot's name is being withheld until his family can be notified, reports.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told the site that the aircraft suffered a "maintenance problem" after takeoff and crashed while attempting to return to the unnamed base. While "political sensitivities" prevented Col. Warren from disclosing the base where the crash took place, it's well known that US forces are operating out of bases in both Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

According to, this is the first fatality in a fixed-wing aircraft since August 8, when the campaign against ISIS kicked off.

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