Senior Master Sgt. Robbin Halcomb, with the 181st Fighter Wing in Terre Haute, Ind., said the plane, an Indiana Air National Guard F-16C, was on a training mission with two F-16s, when it crashed just after 1:30 p.m. local time near Parkersburg.
"The pilot ejected and was taken to a local hospital for observation," Halcomb said. " … They've talked to him on the phone so he must be OK, so he must be in good condition."
Halcomb said he isn't sure where the plane went down, but he said that it was a rural area. He said the pilot's name will be released later.
At the time of the crash, the plane was on a routine mission in the Red Hills area.
Halcomb said that the plane had taken off from Hulman Air
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Name: Cindy Perkins
Jefferson County, Illinois. Hoovered over U.S. Interstate 57 between Ina, Illinois and Mt. Vernon, Illinois
07/25/2001 at approximately 11:20 p.m. C.S.T.
Hoovered to the north of us. We approached from the south.
Hoovered did not see it depart. It was pointed south.
We came from the south. We were directly under it. Approximately 30 to 40 other vehicles saw the object at that time.
I spotted a bright white light in the sky. I thought it was a plane. But the light changed size very quickly. It became larger than smaller and changed colors(red then white then red). We were travelling north along Interstate 57. There was heavy traffic and our speed was about 65 miles per hour.We watched the light 5 to 10 mintues before we drove directly under it. The light after changing colors then faded and re appeared shaped like a smile. Then it faded and re appeared as a cross. Then faded completely. Then lots of lights as we approached closer. Bright enough to make it appear day light outside at 11:20 P.m. C.S.T..As we approached the light was so bright I could not look at it then as we got under it, you could see the 4 circles. We were in the passing lane next to a semi at the time. My husband was driving and unable to see it. He stated "everyone is driving wierd", "I had to pay attention to the driving." We continued home. I did not see any o! ther vehicles stop. Although most slowed down and appeared to see something. Since so many people, in so many vehicles saw this, why has no one reported it?? Nothing in the area newpapers or on T. V. I have seen stealth planes in air shows and at air bases. This was not one of our aircraft. Ours are unable to hoover soundlessly.
Triangular. Silver in color. Row of lights extremely bright around the outer edge. The center contained 4 large circles perfectly spaced across from each other and the edge. The 4 circles did not produce any waves like jets do. There was no air distortion. The object hoovered completely soundlessly.
No reports on tv, the radio or area newspapers. Why??? Alot of people saw something that night.
(Stars on map are Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where the UFO was reported, and Parkersburg, Illinois, where the F-16 crashed