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LIVE UPDATES: Gov. Evers statement on search for pilot

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Courtesy: Wisconsin National Guard

(WAOW) — Gov. Tony Evers has released a statement regarding the crash of a F-16 Fighting Falcon in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Tuesday night.

“I was devastated to learn last night that a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard was involved in an F-16 crash in the Upper Peninsula. As search and rescue operations continue, Kathy and I are hoping and praying for the pilot’s safe return. Our hearts go out to pilot’s family as well as the members of the 115th Fighter Wing as they continue working to bring the pilot home.”

Gov. Tony Evers

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin National Guard tells 27 News the search for the pilot from the Madison-based F-16 Fighter that crashed in Michigan continues this morning.

The jet crashed at around 8 p.m. last night in Delta County, MI.

The status of the pilot is still unkown.

The 115th Fighter Wing, based at Truax Field, is participating in the search along with local authorities, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other government agencies.

115th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Bart Van Roo told 27 News “We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it. Right now the safety of our pilot along with search and rescue efforts are our top priority, and we will continue to pray for the pilot’s safe return.”

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MADISON (WKOW) -- An F-16 fighter jet assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Air National Guard Base in Madison crashed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula Tuesday night.

Wisconsin National Guard officials say it happened at around 8 p.m while a routine training mission was taking place.

Right now, the cause of the crash and the status of the lone pilot onboard the aircraft are unknown.

Stay with WAOW.com, and watch Wake Up Wisconsin for more on this developing story.

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