Cause of crash unknown as search for pilot aboard Wisconsin fighter jet continues.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard has its main bases stationed in Madison, Milwaukee and the village of Camp Douglas. Image courtesy of sagesolar, licensed under Creative Commons.

Author: Jessica Gregory

There are remaining unknowns after a Wisconsin National Air Guard jet went down Tuesday night in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Around 8 p.m. the F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Delta County, reports Channel 3000.

There was only one pilot aboard the jet as it was a routine training mission. The pilot’s status and condition is unknown at this time.

First responders secured the site of the crash with the help of government agencies and the 115th Fighter Wing. The incident’s cause has not been confirmed while the investigation is ongoing.

Based at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, the F-16 jet is a part of the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing. Earlier this week, Channel 3000 reported that the base was conducting their routine flight training through Thursday, Dec. 10.

Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander, said this morning in a department release “the safety of our pilot along with search and rescue efforts are our top priority, and we will continue to pray for the pilot’s safe return.”  

WSUM will follow this story as developments emerge.