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(STAUNTON, Va.) — The pilot whose fighter jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia on Wednesday was killed in the crash, it was confirmed Thursday by military officials.

The pilot and jet were under the Massachusetts Air National Guard and were en route to Louisiana when the plane crashed. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick called it “a very sad day for the Guard and for Massachusetts.” He also offered condolences to the family of the pilot, who was not identified, as well as the rest of the Massachusetts National Guard.

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