Pilot dies after F-16 crashes during training mission at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina

SUMTER, S.C. — An F-16 from Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina crashed during a training mission Tuesday night, officials said.

Update 4:12 a.m. EDT July 1: The pilot of the F-16CM Fighting Falcon that crashed has died, base officials said.

The name of the pilot is being withheld until next of kin are notified.

“Out of respect and consideration for the family, we ask for your patience and to avoid speculation until we release more information,” officials said.

Original report: The cause of the crash and status of the pilot are unknown, WLTX reported.

The F-16CM Fighting Falcon with a single pilot on board was on a routine training mission when it crashed around 11:30 p.m., WLTX reported.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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