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F-16C out of Nellis crashes in Nevada

June 29, 2011 (by Asif Shamim) - USAF F-16C (#85-1413) crashed yesterday about 17.30h local time near Caliente, Nevada. The current status of the pilot is unknown.

USAF F-16C block 25 #85-1413 from the 64th AS is seen coming into land at Nellis AFB on August 24th, 2010. [Photo by EOR]

The F-16, from Nellis Air Force Base, was participating in an air-to-air combat training mission.

"At this time we are focusing our efforts on the ongoing search-and-rescue mission for the missing pilot," Brig. Gen. T.J. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the 57th Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, said at a news conference. "What we are looking for now is the parachute and the pilot."

The jet, which went down did not have live weaponry and was not equipped with an active locating device, O'Shaughnessy said. He described the exercise that preceded the crash as a "dogfight" between two aircraft.

Search-and-rescue teams identified the crash site, which was about 20 miles west of the Lincoln County community on relatively flat land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Caliente is about 155 miles north of Las Vegas.

A board of enquiry will investigate the accident.

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