US F-16 jet crashes in Arizona, status of pilot unknown

A Lockheed Martin F-16 jet on June 16, 2005 at the Paris Air ShowAn F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday in the southwestern state of Arizona, the US Air Force said, adding a search and rescue mission for the pilot was ongoing. “The cause of the crash is unknown at this time,” the Air Force said in a statement, adding the incident had occurred at 8:45 am (1645 GMT) north of Luke Air Force Base near the small town of Bagdad, Arizona. “Luke AFB officials are working closely with local authorities in a search and rescue operation.

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