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June 26, 2007
Transcript from statement provided by the 142nd Fighter Wing
 
We are planning on providing an update at 9:00 a.m. June 27th, 2007 at the Portland Air Base. Below is the transcript from the statement given by Col Steve Gregg, Commander of the 142nd Fighter Wing.

Transcript from Oregon Air National Guard 142nd Fighter Wing STATEMENT

At approximately 1:35 an Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jet fighter crashed in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 35 nautical miles west of Cannon Beach Oregon. We have located the crash site and The US Coast Guard is currently on scene with a total of three helicopters. A Coast Guard Cutter is enroute from Astoria that we expect to be on scene in 90 minutes. The US Coast Guard is being assisted in the search by 2 Oregon Air Guard F-15's, the Oregon National Guard Emergency Operations Center, and the US Air Force Rescue Center at Tyndall AFB Florida. We have brought all resources to bear in this search effort. US Air Forces Northern at Tyndall AFB has established a temporary No Fly area around the crash site so as not to impede our search.

At the time of the accident, 4 F-15's and 4 F-18's were on a training mission off the Oregon coast. The F-18s are from a US Marine Corp Reserve F-18 unit out Fort Worth, Texas. We have been training with them for the past two-weeks.

The status of the pilot is unknown at this time. We will not release the name of the pilot until more details are available. Our focus and concern is on the pilot and the family we would appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

The cause of the crash is not known and we will not speculate what the cause may be.

Representatives from a formal Air Force Safety Board are convening to start an investigation.

We will have daily updates either by news conference or press releases.

Our Alert Mission is not affected.

No other details are available at this time.
 
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