The Las Vegas plane crash occured during a “routine” drill at Nellis Air Force Base in the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The crash yesterday sparked an emergency response at the base, as crews battled to first find and then save the pilot’s life.
However officials confirmed this morning the pilot had tragically passed away due to his injuries. His identity has been withheld.
The pilot was part of the US Air Force Thunderbirds, an air demonstration squad similar to Britain’s Red Arrows.
The base released a statement regarding the “aircraft mishap” this morning.
It said: “A US Air Force Thunderbirds pilot was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range today at approximately 10:30 a.m. during a routine aerial demonstration training flight.
“The identity of the pilot is being withheld for 24-hours pending next of kin notification. An investigation is being conducted into the cause of the mishap.
“The team’s participation at the March Air Reserve Base ‘The March Field Air & Space Expo’ has been cancelled. It is unknown how this accident will impact the remainder of the 2018 Thunderbirds Season.”
This is a developing story, more to follow…