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Wisconsin Air National Guard unit grounds jets after crash

Posted at 4:07 PM, Dec 11, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Air National Guard unit has grounded its pilots while the fatal crash of an F-16 fighter jet is being investigated.

The crash happened Tuesday night during a training exercise over Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

On Friday, the Madison-based 115th Fighter Wing identified the pilot who died as Air Force Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones.

The 37-year-old from Albuquerque, New Mexico, joined the Air National Guard in 2011.

He was a decorated combat veteran who had been deployed to Japan, Korea and Afghanistan.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.