The Latest: Human remains found at Arizona F-16 crash site

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Posted: Jan 22, 2016 1:28 AM

BAGDAD, Ariz. (AP) — The latest developments in the crash of an F-16 fighter in northwestern Arizona. (All times local):

11:30 p.m.

The military says that human remains have been found at the Arizona crash site where an F-16 piloted by a student from Taiwan went down.

Luke Air Force Base says in a statement late Thursday night that while a coroner will make the identification, the discovery "is another indication the pilot did not survive the accident."

The pilot's name wasn't immediately released.

Base officials say the pilot was six months into a training program at Luke, which is a major training base for the Air Force and foreign military services.

They say the crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. Thursday as the student pilot and an instructor in another F-16 were engaged in air-to-air combat training.

Authorities say the cause of the crash isn't immediately known.

5:30 p.m.

Luke Air Force Base officials say a student pilot from Taiwan is feared dead after an F-16 fighter jet crashed in northwestern Arizona.

They say crews were still looking for the man late Thursday afternoon, and signs indicate that he didn't survive.

The pilot's name wasn't immediately released.

Base officials say the pilot was six months into a training program at Luke, which is a major training base for the Air Force and foreign military services.

They say the crash occurred about 8:30 a.m. Thursday as the student pilot and an instructor in another F-16 were engaged in air-to-air combat training.

Authorities say the cause of the crash isn't immediately known.

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2:30 p.m.

Luke Air Force Base officials say the wreckage of an F-16 fighter jet that crashed in northwestern Arizona has been located.

But there is no immediate word on the fate of the pilot due to the remote location and rugged terrain.

Luke officials say the jet went down about 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the vicinity of Bagdad, which is about 85 miles northwest of the base.

They say the cause of the crash is unknown at this time.

Brigadier General Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander at Luke, has established an interim safety board to begin the preliminary investigation into the crash.

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1:45 p.m.

Authorities say helicopter crews still are searching for the crash site of an F-16 fighter that went down in northwestern Arizona.

Luke Air Force Base officials say the jet crashed Thursday morning in rugged terrain in a remote location near Bagdad in Yavapai County.

Bagdad is 85 miles northwest of the base, which is located in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale.

State authorities say the cause of the crash and the condition of the pilot are unknown and no contact has been made.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Doug Ducey says the state has dispatched personnel from the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Hazardous Materials Unit, Explosives Ordinance Disposal Unit and Aviation Unit to the reported location in the mountains to assist federal and local search and rescue and first responders.

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11:55 a.m.

The Air Force says the condition of the pilot of an F-16 fighter that crashed in northwestern Arizona isn't known.

Luke Air Force Base officials say the jet went down Thursday morning in rugged terrain in a remote location near Bagdad in Yavapai County and that authorities are conducting a search and rescue operation.

State and county agencies have sent personnel and aircraft to the area to assist the Air Force.

Luke officials say cause of the crash isn't known and that an interim safety board has been appointed to begin a preliminary investigation.

Luke is located in Glendale, a Phoenix suburb. Bagdad is located 85 miles northwest of Luke.

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11:15 a.m.

The Air Force says an F-16 fighter has crashed in northwestern Arizona, and state and county agencies are sending aircraft and personnel to the area.

Luke Air Force Base officials say the jet from the Phoenix-area base crashed Thursday in a military operations area near Bagdad in Yavapai County. There's no word on the pilot's condition or cause of the crash.

Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Quentin Mehr says the department is sending troopers, a rescue helicopter and explosive ordinance and hazardous material teams.

Yavapai County sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says the Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Air Force and sent a helicopter to the area.

Sean Kauffman, of the Williamson Valley-Bagdad Fire District, says fire officials were told the crash occurred about 10 miles southwest of Bagdad.

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10:45 a.m.

Officials say an F-16 fighter jet from Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix has crashed in northwestern Arizona.

There's no immediate word on the condition of the pilot after the crash Thursday in a military operations area near Bagdad in Yavapai County.

Luke officials said the jet was assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing.

Bagdad is about 85 miles northwest of the base located in suburban Glendale.

Luke spokeswoman 1st Lt. Tanya Wren said the cause of the crash isn't known and no other information was immediately available.

Yavapai County sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn says the Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Air Force and has a helicopter looking for the crash site but hasn't found it yet.