104th Fighter Wing F-15C crashed earlier today in in Virginia’s Augusta County.
A pilot is still missing after a 104th Fighter Wing F-15C jet went down during a cross country mission.
At approximately 9:05 a.m. LT on Aug. 27, radio contact with an F-15C was lost as the unarmed aircraft was flying over the Shenandoah Valley Virginia. According to the 104th FW Press Release, the pilot flying the Eagle aircraft reported an inflight emergency prior to radio contact being lost.
The aircraft crashed in a remote, wooded area not far from the Virginia-West Virginia border. Even though the status of the pilot is still unknown, there are unverified reports by witnesses that saw an ejection and subsequent chute.
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If the emergency occurred at high altitude, there would have been plenty of time for the pilot to eject, once he determined the situation was unrecoverable. The fact that he didn’t suggests he was incapacitated and the question now is, why? ECS, life support system malfunction, or a sudden medical condition?