Fri, May 21, 2004
Pilot Unaccounted For
The search continues in the Arizona
desert near the Mexican border for a Royal Singapore Air Force
pilot whose F-16C (file photo of type, right) crashed during a
training mission Wednesday night.
Military officials say the aircraft was flying a routine mission
in the Sells MOA after launching from Luke Air Force Base in
Phoenix. The Air Force says contact was lost with the aircraft
about 45-minutes into the flight. Fifteen minutes after that, the
F-16C disappeared from radar.
The wreckage was located south of the Barry Goldwater Mountain
Range Thursday. But as this story was being published, rescue teams
dispatched to the MOA had not yet found the pilot. Military
officials have not yet released his identity.
Singapore and the US have an agreement to train F-16 crews at
Luke AFB. In 2003, the agreement was extended for 15 years.
This isn't the first time an RSAF F-16 has gone down in the
desert near Phoenix. Two years ago, an American pilot on a training
mission aboard an RSAF F-16 crashed not far from where Wednesday's
wreckage was located. The pilot in that accident was able to safely
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