Thursday, May 27, 2021

Pilot Dead After Aircraft Crashes Near Nellis Air Force Base In Las Vegas

Pilot dead after aircraft crashes near Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas 

The pilot of an aircraft that crashed soon after takeoff from Nellis Air Force Base Monday afternoon has died, Nellis AFB confirmed in a statement. Their identity has not been released, and no other people were onboard. Officials from the base first reported the crash on Twitter. Officials said the "contractor-operated aircraft" crashed just outside the southern edge of the base around 2:30 p.m. local time. A base official told ABC News the crash involved a non-Air Force contractor-operated aircraft flown by a non-Air Force pilot. The base uses contractor aircraft that routinely fly training missions, according to the official. "The aircraft was owned, operated and piloted by Draken US, a Florida-based company contracted to provide adversary air support to Nellis Air Force Base," Nellis AFB said in a statement Monday night. Source

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