No further updates from officials as search for missing F-16 pilot continues Wednesday night

MADISON, Wis. — Emergency crews are still searching for the pilot of a Madison-based F-16 jet that crashed Tuesday night Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tuesday night.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon went down around 8 p.m. in Delta County, Michigan, The jet is assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing united based at Truax Field Air National Guard Base.

The pilot’s status and condition is still unknown as of Wednesday evening.

Gov. Tony Evers released a statement on the crash Wednesday.

“I was devastated to learn last night that a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard was involved in an F-16 crash in the Upper Peninsula. As search and rescue operations continue, Kathy and I are hoping and praying for the pilot’s safe return,” Evers said. “Our hearts go out to pilot’s family as well as the members of the 115th Fighter Wing as they continue working to bring the pilot home.”

The 115th Fighter Wing participated in the search effort with local first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies overnight. Search rescue efforts are taking place on the ground and in the air and water.

The crash site was initially secured by local first responders, but military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing are now on site.

Additional personnel will be sent later Wednesday to help facilitate the safety and security of the crash site.

“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it.”, said Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander.

“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”.

The cause of the crash also remains under investigation.

Some F-16 fighter jets based at Madison’s Truax Field have been doing night training this week. It’s unclear whether the pilot involved in the crash had been part of that training.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National…

Posted by 115th Fighter Wing on Wednesday, December 9, 2020