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Air national guard suspends training flights while crash is investigated

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UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin’s Air National Guard has suspended training flights from Madison indefinitely, to review procedures after this week’s crash of an F-16 fighter jet.

Officials said the plane was one of two that left the Guard’s base in Madison on Tuesday. It stopped at Volk Field in Juneau County, performed training exercises, and was flying back to Madison when it crashed in Adams County. The pilot escaped serious injury after he hit an empty vacation home in the town of New Chester. The other pilot returned to Madison after making sure his partner was all right. The crash forced the evacuations of 50 people. They’re back home now, but some parts of the crash scene remain closed due to an investigation by the Air Force.

Guard Lieutenant Colonel Jackie Guthrie said the pilot had 20 years of flying experience, including several tours-of-duty in the war on terror. But at his request, she refused to identify him. Guthrie said it was the first time since 1995 that a Wisconsin National Guard jet went down.

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