**UPDATE**

News Release

MADISON, Wis. — An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

The search for the pilot continues and the pilot’s status remains unknown at this time. 

The 115th Fighter Wing participated in a coordinated search effort with local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies overnight. Search and rescue efforts on the ground, in the air, and in the water continue.

The crash site, located in Delta County, Michigan was initially secured by local emergency responders, but military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing are now on site. Additional personnel will be sent later 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.”, said 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”.

The incident remains under investigation.


Wisconsin Fighter Jet Crashes In Michigan's Upper Peninsula

MADISON, Wis. -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed at approximately 8p. Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, acccording the 115th Fighter Wing Public Affairs office.

At the time of the incident, the aircraft was on a routine training mission with one pilot on board.

Emergency responders were on scene and the cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, are unknown at this time.

The incident remains under investigation.

The 115th Fighter Wing will provide an update via the 115th Fighter Wing website and social media pages as soon as additional details are available.

 


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