An Air Force fighter jet pilot assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing in South Carolina was killed during a training mission late Tuesday, officials said.
The pilot from the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter was the sole occupant of the F-16CM Fighting Falcon when it crashed about 11:30 p.m., according to Military.com.
The pilot’s name has not yet been released.
“We ask that you respect the family, and the squadron’s privacy as we complete this process,” 20th Fighter Wing Commander Larry Sullivan said.
The accident remains under investigation.
The 20th Fighter Wing, the largest F-16 unit in the Air Force, has fought in every major American conflict since World War II — and has often been the “tip of spear” in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Military.com reported.