Thunderbirds Pilot Is Killed in Nevada Training Flight Crash

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The Air Force said in a statement a F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Wednesday morning.

Nellis Air Force Base says an investigation is underway to figure out the cause of the crash.

The team was slated to perform this weekend at March Air Reserve Base, California, the website said.

His identity will not be revealed until his next of kin has been informed of his death.

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It is the second plane crash at Nellis Air Force Base in a matter of months following a non-fatal crash in January. "I urge the community to keep the Nellis family in your thoughts during this hard time and to let service men and women know, now more than ever, that we appreciate their service". The Nevada Test and Training Range is near the Thunderbirds' home station of Nellis Air Force Base, just outside Las Vegas. The 2018 season was his first with the team.

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno was killed when his aircraft crashed during a practice aerial demonstration on April 4.

Four Thunderbirds pilots were killed in a crash in 1982, the team's worst, as they were flying in a diamond formation, according to the Associated Press.

The Air Force has identified the pilot as Maj.

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According to the Air Force Safety Center, there have been nine "class A" mishaps involving F-16 aircraft since the start of fiscal year 2016, and in seven of those, the aircraft was totally destroyed. The pilot in that case ejected.

Officials did not disclose the type of aircraft Lt. Col. Eric Schultz had been piloting.

This is the fourth incident involving United States military aircraft the last 48 hours. The pilot and his passenger were hospitalized with injuries after the incident. A Marine helicopter crashed during a training mission in Southern California, killing four crew members, and a Marine Harrier jet crashed at an airport in the East African nation of Djibouti.

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