Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 Crashes In Louisiana (Updated)

State police have confirmed an F-16 fighter jet crashed earlier today in a wooded area south of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. The location is roughly 50 miles south of the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk. The incident occurred around 11:15 AM local time. 

The pilot, who has yet to be identified, was able to eject safely from the aircraft before the crash and made it out with no major injuries. The F-16 was one of the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s Block 42 models flown by the 125th Fighter Squadron “Tulsa Vipers.”

Tulsa Vipers’ F-16Cs., USAF

We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available. 

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Oliver Parken

Associate Editor

Oli’s background is in the cultural and military history of twentieth-century Britain. Before joining The War Zone team in early in 2022, he was Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent's Center for the History of War, Media and Society in the U.K., where he completed his PhD in 2021. Alongside his contributions to The War Zone's military history catalog, he also covers contemporary topics and breaking news.