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  • 27 August 2014, 16:49

National Guard F-15 Jet Crashes In Virginia

An F-15C fighter jet has crashed in western Virginia, say military officials, and it is unclear if the pilot survived.

The single-seater plane from Massachusetts Air National Guard was flying to Louisiana when it went down near the town of Deerfield.

The jet was on a training exercise with no munitions onboard, National Guard spokesman Maj Matthew Mutti told AP news agency.

Witnesses reported hearing a noise like an explosion and heavy smoke coming from the side of a mountain shortly after 9am on Wednesday.

Military officials had reported losing communication with a jet, said Augusta County police dispatcher Becky Coynter.

A news release from state police said officials were on their way to the crash site.

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