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Search continues for Wisconsin fighter jet pilot in UP crash

Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 5:08 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2020 at 10:56 AM CST
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UPPER MICHIGAN (WBAY) - An F-16 Fighting Falcon has crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, according to the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

The jet was assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison. The pilot was taking part in a routine training mission when it crashed at about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

One pilot was on board. The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs says they do not know the status of the pilot.

The crash site is located in Delta County. Action 2 News partner station WLUC reports the jet crashed in the Hiawatha National Forest.

Military and local first responders are searching by ground, air and water. Military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing are on site.

WLUC reports that poor cell phone connection in the rural area is impacting communications.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement Wednesday morning, “I was devastated to learn last night that a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard was involved in an F-16 crash in the Upper Peninsula. As search and rescue operations continue, Kathy and I are hoping and praying for the pilot’s safe return. Our hearts go out to pilot’s family as well as the members of the 115th Fighter Wing as they continue working to bring the pilot home.”

“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it.”, said Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “The safety of our pilot along with search and rescue efforts are our top priority, and we will continue to pray for the pilot’s safe return”.

As we reported, the 115th Fighter Wing has been taking part in night training flights this week.

Action 2 News will update this breaking news story.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National...

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