A spokesman for the Iraqi defense minister speaking with the Associated Press on Thursday said an Iraqi pilot who has been training for four years in the United States was flying an F-16 Fighting Falcon that crashed in southern Arizona, AP reported.
Brig. Gen. Tahseen Ibrahim told The Associated Press, “We have no word yet on his fate or the reason behind the crash,” adding that Iraqi defense officials were awaiting further details from the American government.
No information has been released about the pilot by the Arizona Air National Guard. The pilot was the only person on board when the plane went down during a training mission Wednesday night, AP reported.