Search for Air Force National Guard Pilot Continues

In this Aug. 22, 2010 photo, an F-15 from the 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base takes off during the Westfield International Air Show in Westfield, Mass. An F-15C with the 104th Fighter Wing crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark M. Murray/AP)
In this Aug. 22, 2010 photo, an F-15 from the 104th Fighter Wing at the Barnes Air National Guard Base takes off during the Westfield International Air Show in Westfield, Mass. An F-15C with the 104th Fighter Wing crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mark M. Murray/AP)

The search continued Thursday for an Air Force National Guard pilot whose F-15 fighter jet crashed and burned in the rugged forest of the Shenandoah Valley on Wednesday morning, officials said.

“There is an ongoing rescue mission,” Col. James Keefe, commander of the Massachusetts-based 104th Fighter Wing, said. “At this time we have not had contact with our pilot. The rescue mission is ongoing.”

Officials said Thursday that search efforts were centered around the southeast side of Mount Crawford, Va., near George Washington National Forest, and that rescue efforts included more than nine aircraft and more than 100 state police, sheriff’s deputies and fire and rescue personnel.

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SOURCE: The Washington Post
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