U.S. Air Force aircraft crashes while on training mission, pilot killed

A U.S. Air Force aircraft crashed at approximately 6:00 pm Pacific Time while flying a training mission on the Nevada Test and Training Range approximately 100 miles northwest of Nellis Air Force Base on September 5.

Specific information on the aircraft involved in the crash is classified and not available for release, said Maj. Christina Sukach, a Nellis spokeswoman.

USAF Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein ruled out speculation the aircraft involved may have been an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

According to the press release from Nellis AFB, the aircraft was assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.

The pilot of the crashed aircraft, Lt Col Eric Schultz died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. Schultz was an air force combat veteran and test pilot with over 2,000 hours flying numerous aircraft, including the F-35 and CF-18, Canada’s variant of the F/A-18 Hornet, and the F-15E, in which he flew more than 50 close air support missions in Afghanistan.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.  Additional information concerning the accident will be released as it becomes available.

On Wednesday, two pilots ejected safely from A-10C Thunderbolt II attack jets about 8 p.m. and were evaluated by medical staff on base. They were later released with survivable injuries.

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