Officials: F-15 crash in Asia result of 'catastrophic engine failure'

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (KBOI) - Mountain Home Air Force Base officials in Idaho say an Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle that crashed back in May while conducting a routine training mission in southwest Asia was the result of a catastrophic engine failure.

According to a report released by the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board, the cause of the engine failure was "a rare ignition of the titanium components within the engine, resulting in an extremely destructive fire."

"The loss of the right engine and critical systems made the aircraft uncontrollable, resulting in the crash."

The pilot and co-pilot ejected from the jet and landed safely. The crash cost about $45 million, officials say.

In March, a Mountain Home pilot was killed after an F-15E Strike Eagle crashed near a military base in southwest Asia.