UPDATE: He has been identified. More here.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ pilot who crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range Wednesday was killed.
According to officials with Nellis Air Force Base, the pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed around 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight in central Nevada. The area is near the Desert Wildlife Refuge.
The training range covers some 4,500 square miles (11,655 sq. kilometers)
The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the crash.
The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base “The March Field Air & Space Expo” has been canceled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.
No other details were released.