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Investigation under way into fighter jet crash

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NEW CHESTER (AP) -- The pilot of an F-16 fighter jet that crashed in central Wisconsin has been flying that type of plane for 20 years.

Wisconsin National Guard spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie says the pilot also has flown several combat tours since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but she declined to elaborate. She says he ejected before the plane went down and did not suffer any injuries. She declined to release his name.

The Wisconsin Air National Guard jet took off from Volk Field Tuesday afternoon and crashed into a vacant vacation home in the Adams County town of New Chester. Guthrie says the house was destroyed and ten acres burned.

Guthrie says between 15 and 50 people were evacuated from surrounding homes because of fire and smoke but all were allowed to return home by Tuesday evening. Air Force investigators are probing the cause of the crash. Guthrie says it could be three months before the first findings are released.

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