A search has failed to find an F-16 that apparently crashed into the Great Salt Lake last week, a Hill Air Force Base spokesman said.
Air Force helicopters and other craft have searched the Great Salt Lake and surrounding land around Promontory Point for the $16 million craft but have been unable to locate any wreckage, the spokesman said.The jet, on a routine training mission with another F-16 on the Utah Test and Training Range west of Hill, was returning to the base Sept. 13 when the incident occurred.
The pilot, Capt. Hal K. Bird, 28, Dallas, Texas, bailed out of the craft and was picked up about 45 minutes after the plane went down. Bird was not injured. The second F-16, piloted by Capt. Curtis L. Cook, 32, Norman, Okla., was damaged but returned to Hill safely.