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F-16 Crashes, Pilot Safe, in Area Planned for More Flights

June 26, 1995

STRUM, Wis. (AP) _ An F-16 fighter jet on a training mission crashed Sunday in trees a few hundred yards from a farmhouse. The pilot ejected safely.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard jet crashed about 20 minutes after taking off from Madison for Volk Field in Juneau County, said Lt. Col. Jerry Olesen.

The plane was one of three F-16s headed for a training mission at the Hardwood Bombing Range.

The pilot’s parachute got stuck in a 25-foot tree and he had to be cut loose and helped down a ladder, witnesses said. He was not injured; his name was not immediately released.

``I saw it coming towards the house. It went up into the woods and just blew up,″ said Diane Thronson, who estimated the crash was about 300 yards from her home near Strum, in west-central Wisconsin.

The cause of the late morning crash was being investigated.

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