Search for Missing Pilot Continued Thursday

The search for the missing 104th Fighter Wing pilot continued near the crash site in the Washington National Forest near Deerfield Valley, Virginia. An F-15C Eagle assigned to the 104th Fighter Wing crashed at approximately 9:05 a.m. Wednesday; radio contact with the pilot was lost about 5 minutes earlier. Military, State and Federal agencies have been active in a search and rescue operation. The search efforts are centered around the southeast side of Mount Crawford, Va.. Rescue efforts include more than 9 aircraft, including a specially equipped HC-130 aircraft assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Ga., which has equipment designed specifically for search and rescue operations. There are also more than 100 state police, sheriff’s deputies and fire and rescue personnel on scene.Additionally the 104th Fighter Wing continues to provide support to its family during this event, standing up its Emergency Family Assistance Center as well as working with immediate family of the pilot. Col James Keefe, the 104th Fighter Wing Commander said, “Our priorities are to both assist in the search and rescue operations, but also provide support to the family of our pilot as well as the unit here at home,”