Unconfirmed reports state crash killed pilot of F-16

By Calvin Palmer

Rescue teams are still searching for the pilot of an F-16 that crashed at the Utah Test and Training Range west of Salt Lake City last night.

Rhonda Elmore, of the 75th Air Base Wing public affairs office at Hill Air Force Base, says it is not known whether the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before it was destroyed on impact.

The F-16 was assigned to Hill Air Force Base’s 388th Fighter Wing and crashed on a routine training mission.

The plane was located around 10:25 p.m. last night and the search for the pilot continued today.

Media reports are suggesting the pilot was killed but Hill Air Force Base will not reveal the pilot’s identity or confirm his death.

ABC 4 in Utah and ABC 13 in North Carolina spoke to the family of Capt  George Bryan Houghton, 28, of Candler, North Carolina.

A news conference is planned this afternoon.

[Based on reports by the Associated Press and Salt Lake City Tribune.]

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