Air Force confirms pilot killed in F-16 crash was a Thunderbird

An Air Force F-16 assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, crashed at approximately 10:30 am on Wednesday.

The “mishap” occurred during routine training on the Nevada Test and Training Range, according to an Air Force press release.

The pilot was a part of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird team but their identity is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification.

The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been canceled.

“It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season,” the Air Force said.

The crash of the F-16 was the third for a Thunderbird jet in the past two years.

An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.

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