Tyndall officials have identified the F-16 pilot involved in Thursday’s crash as Mr. Matthew J. LaCourse, age 58, of Panama City Beach.
LaCourse was a Department of the Air Force Civilian Pilot assigned to the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. A native of San Antonio, TX, LaCourse graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1978, and retired as a USAF Lieutenant Colonel in 2000 with more than 22 years’ service.
Recovery operations continue to collect evidence to assist qualified officers assembled to conduct Safety and Accident investigations into the cause of this crash. There will be no further details released about this incident until these investigations are completed.
Tyndall Air Force Base Public Affairs says the remains of the F-16 pilot involved in Thursday’s tragic accident have been recovered from the
The name of the Airman is being withheld until 24 hours after notification of his next of kin allowing the immediate family time to notify extended family members of the accident.
Tyndall Air Force Base held a news conference Thursday afternoon following the crash of a F16.
Colonel Derek France, the 325th Fighter Wind Commander, says the F16 was part of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation group. The Colonel says they lost communication with the aircraft around 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.
Col. France says it was a routine training mission and the investigation into what happened is on-going. He says the prime mission is to locate the pilot. The name of the pilot is not being released at this time but Tyndall Air Force Base officials are in contact with his family.
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Tyndall Air Force Base public affairs office says they lost contact with a F16 around 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.
At this point, they would not release any further details but said that a representative from their office would get back in touch with us.
We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
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