US Air Force pilot killed in crash in Mideast

CAPTAIN DUBOISWASHINGTON (AP/WAVY) — A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 crashed while returning to its base in the Middle East.

The U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of American military operations in the Mideast, said the fighter jet crashed in a non-combat incident late Sunday night while going back to its base shortly after takeoff. The Airmen was identified as 30-year-old Capt. William H. Dubois, of New Castle, Colorado. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

The command did not disclose the identity of the pilot or the location of the crash. But it said it did not occur in either Iraq or Syria where a U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State extremists.

The crash is being investigated.

Official CENTCOM release.

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