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USAF F-16 fighter plane crashes near Las Vegas

The pilot was killed

A USAF F-16 Viper ADS Thunderbirds fighter plane crashed yesterday morning at approximately 10:30 am (local time) during a training flight. The identity of the pilot killed in the impact will remain reserved for 24 hours pending next of kin notification.

As Nellis Air Force base declared, the team's participation at "The March Field Air & Space Expo" has been cancelled and it is unknown how this accident will have consequences on the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds season. An investigation is being conducted into the causes of the third incident that has involved the United States Air Force in just two days. On April 3rd a four soldier crew Marine Corps helicopter crashed in California (see AVIONEWS article connected), while in Djibouti, East Africa, a McDonnell Douglas AV-8 Harrier II Marine Corps aircraft has been involved in an accident where the pilot has been able to eject before the collision.


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