Cannon Aircraft Downed in Iraq

An F-16 that crashed in Iraq was from Cannon Air Force Base in southern New Mexico. But a public affairs officer says the pilot was not.

Captain Rebecca Garcia says all of Cannon's pilots are accounted for.

The plane crashed yesterday near Baghdad.

Officials at the base confirmed Cannon markings were apparent on news photos and television images that showed sections of the single-pilot aircraft.

Garcia says she doesn't know why a pilot who wasn't stationed at Cannon would be flying an aircraft from Cannon.

The 524th Fighter Squadron -- which is part of Cannon's 27th Fighter Wing -- has been operating from Balad Air Base in Iraq since being deployed in September.

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NewsChannel 10 will speak to representatives at Cannon tonight and we will continue to bring you the latest on this story as details become available.