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June 7, 2011

F-16 Pilot Ejects Safely as Fighter Jet Crashes in Southern Wisconsin

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The pilot of a U.S. Air Force fighter jet that crashed in Wisconsin on Tuesday was able to eject safely, officials said.

Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16

Tech. Sgt. Eric Chartre, F-16 Aircraft Maintenance Specialist for the WI Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing performs the lead position for hot pit refueling operations at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI on June 28, 2009. Hot pit refueling operations provide rapid sortie generation by allowing 115FW F-16 aircraft to refuel and return to flight without shutting down their engines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

The pilot was conducting a routine training flight with an F-16 Fighter Falcon jet aircraft from the Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing over Adams County, Wisconsin, when the accident occurred at around 1:20 p.m. local time.

The unnamed pilot was able to eject safely and was recovered south of Chester, Wisconsin, around 70 miles northwest of Milwaukee. The pilot was being medically evaluated, the U.S. Air Force said.

The aircraft was also found in Chester, as emergency teams were deployed to recover the aircraft. An Air Force team will be investigating the incident to determine the cause of the accident.

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  • Another lawn dart buys the farm. Glad to hear the pilot is OK.