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UPDATE: Search for Wisconsin National Guard pilot continues after F-16 crash in Upper Peninsula

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DELTA COUNTY, Mich. (WFRV) – The search continues for a missing pilot after a Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tuesday evening.

The aircraft and its lone pilot are part of the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard who has been conducting evening training flights this week.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Military of Affairs, the F-16 Fighting Falcon was based out of Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison.

The crash happened around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. Michigan authorities and emergency responders responded to the incident. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

In a Wednesday morning release, authorities confirmed that the search pilot continues and his status remains unknown at this time.

The 115th Fighter Wing participated in a coordinated search effort with local emergency responders. Military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing are now on site. Additional personnel will be sent today to help facilitate the safety and security of the crash site.

“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it,” says Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “Right now 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.”

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Governor Tony Evers released a statement about the incident Wednesday, saying,

“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.”

The incident remains under investigation.

Original Story: Wisconsin F-16 crashes into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, pilot status is unknown

WEDNESDAY 12/9/2020 12:19 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – An F-16 Fighting Falcon that was assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tuesday night.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Military of Affairs, the aircraft was involved in a routine training mission with one pilot on board. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was based out of Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison.

The crash happened around 8:00 pm., when Michigan authorities and emergency responders responded to the incident.

The cause of the crash and the status of the pilot is unknown at this time. An investigation into the crash has been started.

More updates on the incident and piolets condition will be on WFRV’s website and the 115th Fighter Wing social media pages, as well as their website.

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