Search for pilot after F-16 from Wisconsin National Guard crashes

The search continues on the ground, in the air and in the water.
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The search for a pilot continues Wednesday after an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the Wisconsin National Guard crashed Tuesday. 

The Wisconsin National Guard reports that the fighter jet crashed around 8 p.m. in Michigan's Upper Peninsula while on a training mission. The F-16 was assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison. 

"The search for the pilot continues and the pilot’s status remains unknown at this time," the Guard announced Wednesday morning. 

A coordinated search effort involving numerous agencies continued through the night, with Wednesday efforts happening on the ground, in the air and in the water. 

The crash happened in Delta County, Michigan. which borders the northwest coast of Lake Michigan and is near the Hiawatha National Forest. 

“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it," Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement. “The safety of our pilot along with search and rescue efforts are our top priority, and we will continue to pray for the pilot’s safe return."

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