Wisconsin Air National Guard confirms the death of F-16 pilot

The pilot crashed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
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The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing has confirmed the death of an F-16 pilot who crashed in Michigan Tuesday.

The fighter jet came down over Michigan's Upper Peninsula, crashing within Hiawatha National Forest during a training mission.

It sparked a major search effort involving numerous states and agencies, with the pilot's death confirmed Thursday.

The pilot's identity has not yet been confirmed, though more information is expected to be released Friday.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” 115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo said.

“Today is a day for mourning, and the 115th Fighter Wing along with the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot’s family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot.”

“We are an extremely close knit group at the fighter wing, and the loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness to every member of our organization,” he added.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a statement: "Kathy and I share our deepest condolences with the pilot’s family and loved ones, as well as the 115th Fighter Wing and the entire Wisconsin National Guard as they grapple with the loss of their fellow service member."

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