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(BAGDAD, Ariz.) — Officials have found human remains at the site of Thursday’s F-16 fighter jet crash in Bagdad, Arizona, the United States Air Force said in a statement Friday.

The Air Force reported that a coroner will conduct tests to see if the remains belong to the missing pilot of the fighter jet.

The jet crashed in Bagdad after taking off from Luke Air Force Base 120 miles away in Phoenix.

The F-16 and the pilot are both from Taiwan. Some American F-16’s based in Arizona are used to train pilots from other countries. It is unclear if the pilot belonged to the Air Force or was an international trainee, officials said.

“Our thoughts and focus continue to be on the family and giving them our full support during this difficult time,” Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, commander of the 56th Fighter Wing, said in a statement.

Pleus has established an Interim Safety Board to begin a preliminary investigation into the cause of the crash.

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