Pilot killed in fighter jet crash at Shaw Air Force Base, officials say


By Noah Feit

The pilot of a fighter jet was killed in a crash late Tuesday night, Air Force officials said.

The F-16CM Fighting Falcon was on a routine training mission from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter when it went down at about 11:30 p.m., officials said in a news release.

The pilot was the fighter jet’s lone occupant, and no other injuries were reported, according to the release.

The incident was called an “accident,” and an “aircraft mishap,” by Air Force officials. Information on what caused the F-16 to crash was not available, but it is being investigated, according to the release.

Emergency responders were on the scene of the crash, officials said. The pilot died after being taken to an area hospital, WIS reported.

The Air Force said it is waiting 24 hours to publicly identify the pilot in order to notify the next of kin.

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“We ask that you respect the family, and the squadron’s privacy as we complete this process,” 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan said.

The 20th Fighter Wing is the largest and most active F-16 unit in the Air Force. It has roots in World War I, was formed in World War II, has fought in every major U.S. conflict since, and has often been the “tip of spear” in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The 20th Fighter Wing has deployed more than 8,000 airmen to the Middle East and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, The State previously reported.

This crash is the most recent for the Air Force in the past six weeks, with incidents involving an F-15C in the United Kingdom, an F-35A in addition to an F-22A in separate incidents at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida, and another F-35A at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, according to thedrive.com.

Shaw Air Force Base officials call the F-16 Fighting Falcon the primary weapons system of the 20th Fighter Wing

“In an air combat role, the F-16’s maneuverability and combat radius (distance it can fly to enter air combat, stay, fight and return) until recently have exceed that of all potential adversary fighter aircraft. It can locate targets in all weather conditions and detect low flying aircraft in radar ground clutter. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 can fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons with superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy aircraft, and return to its starting point. An all-weather capability allows it to accurately deliver ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.”

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Source: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/south-carolina/article243920092.html

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