F-15 Pilot Missing After Virginia Crash

Helicopters searching mountains through the night
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2014 12:29 AM CDT
A team walks away from the helicopter they arrived in at the mobile command center in Deerfield, Va., yesterday.   (AP photo/The News Leader, Mike Tripp)
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(Newser) – A massive search effort is underway in the Virginia mountains for the pilot of an F-15 fighter jet that crashed in the area yesterday morning. A deep crater has been found at the crash site in Augusta County, and it's not clear whether the pilot managed to eject in time, reports the AP. "It is probably 5, 6 miles from the crash site to the nearest civilization," the commander of the 104th Fighter Wing says. "It's deeply wooded, and a lot of hills and mountains." Helicopters are searching the area overnight, as are rescuers on foot and on horseback.

The pilot "has all the training you need as far as survival in the woods and as far as ejection and as far as communications and such if you don't have a radio on you," the commander tells WCVB. "He has been well-trained to survive." The Massachusetts National Guard plane en route to the New Orleans Naval Air Station was flying at about 30,000 to 40,000 feet when it had an emergency, the commander says. (Read more Air National Guard stories.)

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