(TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and officials from Tyndall Air Force Base said that the remains of the pilot of a F-16 jet that went missing over the Gulf of Mexico were located on Thursday night..
A news release from the base noted that the plane was assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group and had been performing a “routine training mission” over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday morning. The base lost contact with the pilot at about 9:15 a.m.
“The rescue of our Airman is our top priority,” Col. Mark O’Laughlin said earlier Wednesday. “We want to assure the family and friends of the missing pilot that we are doing everything we can for this effort.”
Only one person was onboard the plane when it lost contact with the base. The base said it would not identify the pilot until next of kin were notified.
“A board of qualified officers has been assembled to conduct this investigation,” the base’s statement said.
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