Search efforts to resume for missing pilot

DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) – A Virginia State Police spokeswoman says rescuers will resume searching for a pilot who went missing after an F-15 fighter jet crashed in a remote, heavily wooded area of western Virginia.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Thursday that the search will resume at 8 a.m. for the missing pilot.

She says the search had been suspended at midnight. More than 100 people and several helicopters searched throughout the day Wednesday.

Officials haven’t yet said what caused the crash or whether the pilot ejected. The crash occurred around 9 a.m. Wednesday and several local residents reported hearing three loud booms.

Officials say the pilot and jet are with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

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