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Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Iraqi student pilot killed in F-16 desert crash in Arizona

Iraqi student pilot killed in F-16 desert crash in Arizona

His death was the second of an Iraqi pilot flying an F-16 that crashed in Arizona in recent years.

The U.S. military is training Iraqi pilots to fly F-16s at the request of Iraq's government, Roberts said.

J. Allred, the Graham County Sheriff confirmed that, on Tuesday afternoon, the F-16 fighter jet along with an Arizona Air National Guard has crashed in southeastern Arizona.

A male pilot died in the crash, the Graham County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday night.

The Iraq-owned fighter jet, based at the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing at the Tucson International Airport, crashed about 20 miles northwest of the town of Safford, Ariz., a wing spokeswoman said in a statement. "We're waiting on the inspectors from Davis-Monthan (Air Force Base, in Tucson) to come out".

According to the Arizona Air National Guard, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a "compact, multi-role fighter aircraft".

The U.S. Air Force has assembled an interim safety board to investigate the incident.

The Iraqi Defense Minister ordered a joint investigation on the reason behind the crash, the statement said without giving further details about the name and the rank of the killed pilot.

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