Published: Sat, September 09, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Pilot killed in F-16 crash near Safford, sheriff says

Pilot killed in F-16 crash near Safford, sheriff says

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

The Air National Guard 162nd Fighter Wing is expected to release more information as soon as it is available.

The multirole fighter crashed about 20 miles northwest of Safford and 165 miles southeast of Phoenix, 1st Lt. Lacey Roberts told the Tucson Sentinel. However, officials said they could not confirm the status of the pilot.

According to media reports in the area, the Graham County Sheriff has confirmed the pilot has died.

The Air Force assembled an interim safety board to investigate the latest incident.

The whereabouts of an Arizona National Guard pilot are unknown after an F-16 crashed in the desert, according to authorities.

The 162nd Wing is the Air Guard's biggest F-16 training operation and conducts training missions across southern and central Arizona military ranges. It has killed the pilot of an Air Force jet, while the identity of the pilot is not known yet.

U.S. military officials had said that Iraqi pilots trained by the U.S. Air Force were the first to use F-16s belonging to Iraq in the fight against Islamic State.

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