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USAF: Engine failed in Wis. F-16 crash

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- U.S. Air Force investigators say the engine failed in a fighter plane that crashed in central Wisconsin this past summer.

The Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board released a statement Tuesday saying the F-16C Falcon was flying air-to-air combat exercises on June 7 when the pilot experienced a "sudden loss of thrust" and cockpit readings indicated engine failure.

The pilot tried to re-start the plane in mid-air but failed. He ejected safely before the plane crashed into a vacant vacation home in the Adams County town of New Chester.

The statement doesn't offer any other details. Messages left at the public affairs office at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, the air combat command's headquarters, weren't immediately returned.

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