F-15 Pilot Missing After Crash in Western Virginia

The status of the pilot who was flying an F-15C based at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Massachusetts, remains unknown after the airplane he was flying crashed in a heavily wooded remote area of the Shenandoah Valley in western Virginia yesterday at 9:05 a.m., the U.S. Air Force reports. The pilot, a member of the 104th Fighter Wing, had reported an emergency before the airplane crashed.

"Information on this incident is developing and we are not going to speculate on what occurred or the status of the pilot," said Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander. "We are hopeful that the pilot is OK, and the pilot will be in our thoughts and prayers as the events of this incident unfold."

There were no munitions on the airplane as it was on a ferry flight to receive some systems upgrades, the Air Force said.

A local CBS station issued this report on the crash.

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Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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