UPDATE: Wisconsin Air National Guard pilot died in Upper Peninsula crash
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Searchers have found the body of a Madison-based F-16 pilot who crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tuesday, the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing announced Thursday.
In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the 115th Fighter Wing will not release the pilot’s identity until 24 hours after notifying the service member’s next of kin.
The Fighting Falcon crashed during a training mission about 8 p.m. Tuesday in Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest, according to the 115th Fighter Wing. The search effort included not only fighter wing members but also local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies.
The cause of the crash has not been determined, as the investigation continues.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” said Col. Bart Van Roo, commander of the 115th Fighter Wing.
“Today is a day for mourning, and the 115th Fighter Wing along with the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot’s family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot,” Van Roo said.
The Wisconsin Air National Guard and other emergency responders are searching for the pilot after a Madison-based F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The F-16 was assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison.