NEWS RELEASE: Pilot Killed In F-16 Crash In Middle East Published Dec. 1, 2014 By HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND TAMPA, Fla -- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A U.S. Air Force pilot was killed when an F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in a non-combat-related incident November 30 at approximately 11 p.m. Eastern. The aircraft was returning to its base in the Middle East shortly after take-off. The crash did not occur in Iraq or Syria. First responders remain on the scene. The cause of the incident is under investigation. It is the U.S. military's policy to defer identification until 24 hours after next-of-kin notification. Additional details will be released when they become available.