An F-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday into a national forest in central Virginia after reporting an in-flight emergency and losing radio contact, officials said.
The jet, from the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, is a one-person craft and the status of the pilot was not immediately known, said Maj. Candice Ismirle, an Air Force spokeswoman.
The Pentagon indicated the jet was en route to Louisiana from its base in Westfield, Mass. The pilot made a report of an in-flight emergency, then lost radio contact, officials said
"We are hopeful that the pilot is OK, and the pilot will be in our thoughts and prayers," said Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing.