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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

F-16 crashed in Utah

Just saw this Associated Press report in Air Force Times:

Military officials say they have had no contact with the pilot of an F-16 that crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City.

The Air Force says the aircraft, which is assigned to Hill Air Force Base's 388th Fighter Wing, crashed Monday night while on a routine training mission.

A search team has located the crash site but the condition of the pilot is unknown and the cause of the crash is not known.

The Air Force says search and rescue efforts are ongoing.


Blogger Jenn said...

An update on the crash from the Air Force:

The pilot, Capt. George Bryan Houghton, 28, from the 388th Fighter Wing here, graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2002.

When the mishap occurred, the pilot was part of a four-ship formation of F-16s flying a close-air-support mission that involved training with ground forces. The wing temporarily ceased flying operations. Flight operations have since resumed.

Houghton is a native of Candler, N.C.

"We can now confirm that we have lost a fellow pilot," said Col. Scott Dennis, the 388th Fighter Wing commander, during a press conference June 23. "After several hours of search and rescue efforts, we have identified the pilot at the crash site."

Dennis said the immediate family was notified and the Air Force's first priority was to support the pilot's family and the Air Force's family during this time.

"I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support. I just ask that you keep the pilot's family in your thoughts and prayers," he said. "Every time we fly a training or combat mission, the safety of our people is a top priority. We lost an irreplaceable member of our Air Force. We will do all we can to determine the cause of the mishap to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our military members free from harm."

A board of officials will convene to determine the cause of the incident.

June 25, 2009 at 12:20 PM  

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