Military: Jet in Virginia crash based in Mass.

FILE - This is an April 4, 1999, file photo, provided by the Department of Defense shows a US Air force F-15C jet. (AP Photo/US Department of Defense)
FILE - This is an April 4, 1999, file photo, provided by the Department of Defense shows a US Air force F-15C jet. (AP Photo/US Department of Defense)

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — A Massachusetts Air National Guard officer says authorities are still searching for the pilot of a fighter jet that crashed in Virginia and do not know whether the pilot may have ejected.

The single-seat F-15C crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday morning.

Col. James Keefe of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard said at a news conference in Westfield, Massachusetts, that the missing pilot is an experienced flyer. He said the plane was on its way to New Orleans to have a radar installed as part of routine maintenance.

Keefe said he had not received confirmation that anyone had reached the crash site.

Officials say the pilot reported an inflight emergency, then lost radio contact.

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