Search for Wisconsin Air National Guard’s F-16 pilot continues after crash in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula at approximately 8:00 p.m. on December 8.
The search for the pilot continues, and the pilot’s status remains unknown. The 115th Fighter Wing participated in a coordinated search effort with local emergency responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies overnight. Search and rescue efforts on the ground, in the air, and in the water continue.
“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,” said Governor Tony Evers in a statement. “As search and rescue operations continue, Kathy and I are hoping and praying for the pilot’s safe return. 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 crash site, located in Delta County, Michigan was initially secured by local emergency responders, but military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing were sent to the site. Additional personnel have also helped facilitate the safety and security of the crash site. The incident remains under investigation.
“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it.”, said Colonel Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “Right now 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.”