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Pilot killed in National Guard F-16 fighter jet crash in Arizona

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SAFFORD, Ariz. — Authorities said the pilot of an F-16 jet attached to the Arizona Air National Guard that crashed Tuesday afternoon was killed.

An Iraqi student pilot performing a training mission hit the ground near Safford around 3 p.m., according to a statement from the military.

The Arizona Daily Star reported Graham County Sheriff P.J. Allred said the crash site was about 20 miles northwest of Safford.

The F-16, which belonged to the Iraqi Air Force, flew out of Tucson International Airport with the Guard’s 162nd Wing.

The crash was the second involving an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying from the 162nd Wing and the third F-16 crash in Arizona, since mid-2015.

The U.S. Air Force has activated a team to investigate the crash.

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