The pilot of an F-15 military jet killed in a crash Wednesday morning in the Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.
Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was the inspector general for the 104th Fighter Wing and had had more than 2,300 flight hours of experience.
He was flying the plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed near Deerfield, about 135 miles northwest of Richmond. Officials say he reported an in-flight emergency before losing radio contact. The cause remains under investigation.
Fontenot, a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate, was an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 17 years of experience flying the jets.
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