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A Wisconsin Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Michigan's Upper Peninsula during a routine training flight Tuesday evening. The pilot's death was announced Thursday afternoon.The fighter jet, which went down around 8 p.m. Tuesday in Delta County, Michigan, was assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wisconsin.

"The cause of the crash, as well as the status of the pilot, are unknown at this time, and the incident is under investigation," the Wisconsin National Guard said in the immediate aftermath.

On Thursday, the 115th Fighter Wing announced that the pilot, who was initially missing after the crash, had died. The pilot's identity is being withheld for 24 hours, during which time next of kin will be notified.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss; our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time," 115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo said in a statement. "Today is a day for mourning, the 115th Fighter Wing and the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot's family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot."

"We are an extremely close knit group at the fighter wing, the loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness to every member of our organization," he added.