US Military Experiences Third Major Aviation Mishap In Two Days

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter
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A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada crashed Wednesday, Air Force officials revealed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The aircraft crashed around 10:30 a.m. local time during a routine training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Thunderbirds pilot did not survive the fatal crash. The incident marks the U.S. military’s third major aviation mishap in less than two days, coming in the wake of an incident in East Africa and a fatal crash in southern California Tuesday.

A Marine Corps CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter went down near the U.S.-Mexico border during a routine training exercise, killing four Marines, according to a statement released by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing in San Diego. The incident is still under investigation.

The crash in California was preceded by an incident Tuesday in which a pilot was forced to eject from a Marine AV-8B Harrier jet that crashed during a training exercise in Djibouti. The pilot’s condition is reportedly stable.

Updated: This story has been updated to include the death of the pilot.

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