September 13, 2002 at 5:56 PM CDT - Updated July 1 at 11:45 PM
The Pentagon says two Illinois pilots face charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for their role in a mistaken bombing that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan last spring. Major Harry Schmidt and Major William Umbach are members of the Illinois Air National Guard's 170th Fighter Squadron, based in Springfield. The Pentagon says they have been recalled to active duty to face the charges. Schmidt was piloting the F-16 that dropped a 500-pound bomb on the Canadian soldiers. Umbach was the commander in charge of Schmidt. Both men have been charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter and eight counts of aggravated assault. Four Canadian soldiers died in the friendly fire. Eight were wounded. The Pentagon says both also have been charged with dereliction of duty.