Deerfield, Va. • Ground teams resumed searching Thursday for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia, according to a Virginia State Police spokeswoman.
The ground search had been suspended the night before at midnight, spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
Search teams have been looking for the missing pilot since shortly after the jet crashed around 9 a.m. Wednesday. More than 100 local, state, and federal officials as well as volunteers took part in the effort.
The experienced pilot of the single-seat jet was headed to New Orleans for radar installation as part of routine maintenance and reported an inflight emergency, then lost radio contact, authorities said. The pilot and jet are with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, officials there said. The Massachusetts Air National Guard issued a statement Thursday morning saying the search was expanding with additional Air Force resources.