An F-16 Fighting Falcon with the Arizona National Guard’s 162nd Wing crashed Wednesday night during a training mission. An Iraqi pilot was in the cockpit.
The crash occurred in Southern Arizona, roughly 120 miles southeast of Tucson, the Arizona Guard said in a statement.
“We have no word yet on his fate or the reason behind the crash. We are in contact with the Americans to get more details,” said Iraqi Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim, The Associated Press reported Thursday.
The Iraqi pilot involved in the accident had been training with the U.S. for four years, AP reported.
“Instances like this remind us that those who wear the uniform put their lives on the line every day, and deserve our constant gratitude,” said Rep. Martha McSally, Arizona Republican, AP reported.