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Military plane crashes in Adams County

NEW CHESTER, Wis. -- A military pilot ejected safely before his fighter jet crashes in Central Wisconsin, military officials confirmed Tuesday.

The F-16 crashed in the town of New Chester, about five miles from Oxford, at around 1:20 p.m.

The pilot, based in Madison, was on a daily training mission, Chief Master Sgt. Greg Cullen from Volk Field tells News 8.

Lt. Col Jackie Guthrie with the Wisconsin National Guard says the pilot, whose name has not been released, is coherent and talking, but will need further medical evaluation.

Aerial video from WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee shows smoke coming from a wooded area and burned wreckage.


Guthrie says initial reports show the jet hit an unoccupied home, but she is waiting on more information from the Adam's County Sheriff's Department.

A witness tells News 8 that a building was on fire at the crash site.

Military officials say an Air Force investigation team has been called in to determine the cause of the crash.

The pilot is from the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard based in Madison.

Guthrie says Volk Field is a national training center for squadrons from around the country. She says the 115th doesn't fly out of Volk Field everyday, but does have training at the base.

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