NORFOLK, Va. - An Air Force investigative report says pilot error contributed to a fighter jet crashing in California during a December training mission.
The F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed on government land about 84 nautical miles east of Fresno, Calif. on Dec. 27. The aircraft belonged to the 144th Fighter Wing stationed at Fresno Air National Guard Base.
The pilot safely ejected, but the plane was destroyed on impact. The Air Force values the jet at $21.4 million.
Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Va. released its accident investigation board report Tuesday.
The report says the pilot failed to recover the aircraft from a high pitch, low airspeed state. That resulted in an inverted deep stall.
The report says the pilot also failed to properly apply out-of-control recovery procedures.
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