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A US F-16 fighter plane was killed on a combat mission northwest of Baghdad on Monday and the pilot died apparently after a parachute jump. The US military confirmed the crash, but said it had no information about the fate of the pilot or the cause of the crash. "A US F-16C Air Force aircraft was operating in support of coalition ground operations about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad today at 1.35 pm Baghdad time (1035 GMT)," a statement issued by the US military said. Pilot board ". "A commission will be set up to investigate the incident." While helicopter crashes in Iraq are not surprising, the crash of fixed-wing aircraft is rare. (Reuters)

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