Search continues for F-16 pilot following crash in Delta County

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DELTA CO., Mich. (WJMN) – The search for a missing Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot continues Wednesday morning after an F-16 crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon, assigned to the Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing, crashed in Michigan’s Delta County at around 8 p.m. Tuesday during a “routine training mission,” the airmen said. One pilot was on board, according to the 115th Fighter Wing.

“The search for the pilot continues and the pilot’s status remains unknown at this time,” the group said in a statement Wednesday. The incident is currently under investigation.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard searched overnight for the pilot, along with local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies.

“Search and rescue efforts on the ground, in the air and in the water continue,” the Guard said.

Military personnel are currently at the site of the crash.

“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.”

The F-16 Fighting Falcon is based out of Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin.

Gov. Tony Evers released the statement below on Wednesday following the crash of a F-16 Fighting Falcon in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Tuesday night.  

“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.”

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