Air Force Thunderbirds pilot dies in F-16 crash

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The Air Force says the jet from the service's precision demonstration team crashed at 10:30 a.m. local time, April 4, at Nellis Air Force Base. The pilot's identity has not been released.

The man was part of a team of the Air Force's six best F-16 pilots, who do flight demonstrations and air shows across the country.

The Air Force added that an investigation was underway and team's participation at the March Air Reserve Base "The March Field Air & Space Expo" has been cancelled.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene, and the accident is being investigated, the Air Force said. The pilot ejected but the $29 million aircraft was destroyed.

Stephen Del Bagno, Maj.

According to a short biography provided by the Thunderbirds, Del Bagno was a fan of snowboarding and water sports and loved spending time with his family and friends in his spare time.

Hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are seen behind fan aircraft lined up on the flight line at Nellis Air Force Base on April 22, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A pilot of the U.S. Air Force's elite Thunderbirds team was killed in a fighter jet crash Wednesday in central Nevada, military officials said.

The Air Force has identified the pilot as Maj.

ORIGINAL: A F-16 assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas crashed on Wednesday morning.

According to the Air Force Safety Center, there have been nine "class A" mishaps involving F-16 aircraft since the start of fiscal year 2016, and in seven of those, the aircraft was totally destroyed.

Air Force Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh, who was already a member of the Thunderbirds team, was later named the team's commander. The pilot and his passenger were hospitalized with injuries after the incident.

A US F-16 fighter jet crashed on Wednesday near Las Vegas, the third USA military aircraft crash in two days.

Crash comes on the heels of two aviation incidents on Tuesday, including a Super Stallion helicopter crash that killed its crew of four; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.

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