A Boeing F-15C Eagle from the Massachusetts Air National Guard crashed near Deerfield, Va. The air superiority fighter was based out of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.
“At approximately 9:05 this morning the 104th Fighter Wing lost an F-15C over western Virginia,” reads a statement posted by the unit on Facebook and Twitter.
“At this point the event is under investigation and the status of the pilot is not known. We will continue to keep the pilot and the family in our thoughts and prayers.”
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The 104th Fighter Wing could not immediately be reached for comment, but spokespersons for the unit have told other outlets than the aircraft was either or a routine training flight or alternatively that it was being flown to another location for an upgrade.
If the F-15C was being ferried for an upgrade, its destination was almost certainly the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.