Guard Jet Crashes in Mo., Pilot Hurt

Other News Materials 3 November 2007 01:37 (UTC +04:00)

(Salon) The pilot was flown to a St. Louis hospital with injuries that did not appear life-threatening, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

The fighter jet crashed in a wooded area near Boss. The patrol said no buildings were hit and no one on the ground was injured. The pilot's name and rank were not immediately released.

The highway patrol said no buildings were hit and no one on the ground was injured.

The plane, an F- 15C Eagle, was from the Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Fighter Wing, based at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Lt. Stephanie Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the 131st Fighter Wing, said the plane had been on a training mission with three other aircraft that returned safely. She said the airspace above the crash site is reserved for training missions.

Additional details about the crash, including the cause, were not immediately available. An Air National Guard emergency response team was on its way to the site, Schmitt said.

Another Missouri Air National Guard fighter crashed in May after taking off from Lambert. That fighter, an F-15D, had been conducting drills about eight miles south of Vincennes, Ind., when a jammed cable caused the plane to crash, according to an Air Force report released last week. The report said the crossover cable was properly installed, inspected and maintained, leaving unclear why it malfunctioned.