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A military aircraft crashed into the Nevada desert last week killing the pilot, but the U.S Air Force is keeping its lips sealed regarding most of the details of the incident.
According to a news release published a full three days after the fatal Sept. 5 crash, the horrible incident involved an unidentified Air Force aircraft assigned to the Air Force Materiel Command. The aircraft had been on a training mission on the Nevada Test and Training Range when it crashed approximately 100 miles north of Nellis Air Force Base, the release stated.
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The pilot was identified as Lt. Col. Eric Schultz, and an investigation into the cause of the crash was launched. The Air Force promised to publish additional information about the incident as it became available.
However, that information hasn’t been forthcoming from the service, according to Military.com. The website which has pressed officials for more info, specifically regarding the type of aircraft involved, but have been stymied.
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“Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable,” Air Force Maj. Christina Sukach stated in an email. Sukach is the chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis.
Also playing coy about the incident was Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, who simply stated, “I can definitely say it was not an F-35,” when queried by a reporter, referring to the advanced F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
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One aspect of the accident that has raised questions is the fact that the pilot was an accomplished flyer who logged more than 2,000 hours flying various advanced aircraft, including the F-35. He was also an accomplished academic, holding six different degrees that included a doctorate in aerospace engineering. In other words, not exactly a rookie prone to making mistakes.
Given the mysterious nature in which the Air Force has...
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