At approximately 9:05 a.m. EDT Wednesday the 104th Fighter Wing lost radio contact with an F-15C aircraft during a cross country mission over the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, the Air National Guard said in a press statement.
The pilot flying the F-15C made a report of an inflight emergency prior
to radio contact being lost. Subsequently there were reports of dark
smoke being seen around the aircraft at its last known location. Local law
enforcement arrived on scene and confirmed the aircraft crashed.
"Information on this incident is developing rapidly and we are not going
to speculate on what occurred or the status of the pilot", said Air Force Col.
James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing Commander. "We are hopeful that the
pilot is ok, and the pilot will be in our thoughts and prayers as the
events of this incident unfold."
The F-15C aircraft was in route to receive a system upgrade, and there
were no munitions on the aircraft during this cross-country trip.
At this point the status of the pilot is not confirmed.