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Pilot missing after F-16 crash

March 14, 2008 at 6:55 PM   |   Comments

PHOENIX, March 14 (UPI) -- A pilot out of Arizona's Luke U.S. Air Force Base was missing Friday after his F-16C crashed about 50 miles northwest of Wickenburg.

The pilot's name was not immediately released.

The Arizona Republic said the pilot was assigned to the 62nd Fighter Squadron and was on a training flight. "The status of the pilot is unknown," Luke spokeswoman Mary Jo May said, adding that other details were not immediately available.

May said a board would be appointed to investigate the crash, which occurred around noon in the Buckskin Mountains.

Friday's crash was only the latest in a series of F-16 mishaps out of the base, most non-fatal. The newspaper said the exception was a Singapore pilot in training who was killed in 2004.

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