Although this morning’s news release from the Department of Defense confirmed the death of the F-15C fighter jet pilot who crashed in Virginia Wednesday morning, they said they were withholding his name until next-of-kin were informed. But late yesterday, FOX 12 Oregon released that information. Killed in the horrific crash was decorated war veteran Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot, Jr.
Lt. Col. Fontenot, a Texas native, was flying from his home field of Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts to New Orleans on a routine mission when he encountered an in-flight emergency. He was able to radio that the jet was experiencing some type of failure but did not have time to safely eject the aircraft.
The F-15C plowed into the mountains of western Virginia with an impact that registered as a small earthquake. The crash site was literally too hot for search and rescue workers to inspect the site for almost two days.
Lt. Col. Fontenot had been with the 104th Fighter Wing since February of this year.
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