F-15 Pilot Killed In Virginia Forest Crash

A Massachusetts Air National Guard jet went down near Deerfield, Va. Wednesday. Military officials on Thursday said the pilot had died.

1. The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed Wednesday has died, military officials said Thursday evening.

2. The fighter jet has crashed into a forest near Deerfield, Va., reports The News Leader.

3. The crash was first reported this morning when a dispatcher in Washington, D.C., reported that they had lost contact with an aircraft near Deerfield. The Virginia State Police confirmed they were notified at 9:06 a.m. of a crash.

5. A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet was involved in the crash. The jet was on its way from Massachusetts to New Orleans for a “system upgrade” when it went down, said the U.S. Air Force in a statement.

AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis

6. The U.S. Army has sent an aircraft recovery team to the site, says a D.C. airport dispatcher, according to The News Leader. Virginia State Police also present at crash site.

Army sending downed aircraft recovery team, dispatcher says. #F15jetcrash #Deerfield

— wmramsey (@wmramsey)

BREAKING: Sheriff's office: Military jet crashes in western Virginia; State Police en route to scene.

— AP (@The Associated Press)

8. The United States Air Force released the following statement following the crash:

At approximately 9:05 a.m. today the 104th Fighter Wing lost radio contact with an F-15C aircraft during a cross country mission over the Shenandoah Valley Virginia.

The pilot flying the F-15C made a report of an inflight emergency prior to radio contact being lost. Subsequently there were reports of dark smoke being seen around the aircrafts last known whereabouts. Local law enforcement arrived on scene and confirmed the aircraft crashed.

“Information on this incident is developing rapidly 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.”

The F-15C aircraft was in route to receive a system upgrade, and there were no munitions on the aircraft during this cross-country trip.

At this point the status of the pilot is not confirmed.

9. This is a developing story. Check back later and follow @BuzzFeedNews on Twitter for updates.

Check out more articles on!



    Here Are The Top Stories
    • Britain marks 10 years since 52 people were killed in terrorist attacks in London.
    • Bill Cosby testified in 2005 that he obtained sedatives to give to women he wanted to have sex with, the AP reports.
    • The South Carolina legislature took a key step toward removing the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds.
    • Reddit's CEO apologized for the site's "long history of mistakes."
    Get The News App

    Hot Buzz

    31 Kinds Of Musicians You Can Find In The World’s Public Transits


    What’s The Coolest Concert Venue You’ve Ever Been To?


    Now Buzzing