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Air Force pilot dead after F-16 crash in Nevada

An Air Force pilot was killed Wednesday morning when his F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nellis Air Force Base confirmed Wednesday night. The Air Force Thunderbirds pilot, who isn't being identified at this time, was doing "routine training," the Air Force said. This is the fourth incident involving U.S. military aircraft in the last 24 hours, and the second one with fatalities, CNN notes. Four Marines were killed when their CH-53 Super Stallion crashed in Southern California on Tuesday afternoon, another CH-53 was damaged while landing in Djibouti late Tuesday, and a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II jet crashed during takeoff in Djibouti, with the pilot safely ejecting.