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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.