The Wisconsin National Guard’s 115th Fighter Aviation Wing has announced the death of the pilot of an F-16 that crashed Wednesday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
According to a press release, in accordance with Department of Defense policy, the 115th Fighter Aviation Wing will not release the pilot’s identity until the next of kin of the service member are notified. “Today is a day of mourning, and the 115th Fighter Aviation Regiment joins the entire Wisconsin National Guard in grieving with the pilot’s family for the loss of a great pilot and patriot,” said Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Aviation Regiment commander.
The crash occurred in the Guyawata National Forest in Michigan during a training mission Tuesday night. An interagency search was conducted after the crash for the pilot and the plane. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.