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Arab media: Plane down in Baghdad

On Arab TV, soldiers could be seen firing into the river near the bank.
On Arab TV, soldiers could be seen firing into the river near the bank.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Arab media are reporting that a coalition plane went down in Baghdad and Iraqi crews are searching the Tigris River for the pilot or pilots.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he has no evidence that a U.S. plane was downed over Baghdad.

"All American aircraft are accounted for," he told reporters in Washington after taping a network television interview Sunday morning.

The British Royal Air Force also said it had no reports of coalition planes downed in Baghdad.

On Arab TV, soldiers could be seen firing into the river near the bank. Boats could be seen patrolling the Tigris, which winds through Baghdad.

The searches were conducted near the Sinak bridge, near Iraq's Ministry of Information, one witness said.

Officials sped along the river, looking in the thickets of reeds along the bank. At one point, officials set the reeds on fire to try and force out whoever they suspected was inside, the witness said.

Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language news network, is reporting that the Iraqis captured two pilots.

Images showed Iraqi soldiers searching through burned reeds on the river bank and a large crowd of civilians gathered on the bank and the Sinak bridge to watch.

-- CNN's Emily Manning contributed to this report


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