EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) An Air Force F-16 chase plane on a photography mission crashed Tuesday in a remote mountainous area, killing both men on board.
The F-16B, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., took off from Edwards Air Force Base on a photo mission to record the test flight of another F-16.
It went down about 7 a.m. some 30 miles east of the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center, in an area capped with volcanic peaks.
The two air crew members have been confirmed dead at the scene, Maj. Dennis Mehring said.
Killed were Maj. Aaron George, a pilot with the 416th Flight Test Squadron, and Judson Brohmer, an aerial photographer. It was not immediately clear if the two had ejected from the plane or were trapped in its wreckage, Mehring said.
A board of officers will investigate the accident of the roughly $30 million plane.
It is the third F-16 crash in the last few months.
In June, an Air Force pilot was killed while on a training mission in South Korea. Witnesses said the plane hit an electricity pole before crashing and exploding.
In March, the pilot of an F-16 fighter out of Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico ejected safely before the jet crashed near a bombing range. The pilot told investigators the jets single engine failed.
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