by Stephanie Fryer

MADISON, Wis. — Emergency crews are searching for the pilot of a Madison-based F-16 jet that crashed Tuesday night Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon went down around 8 p.m. in Delta County, Michigan, The jet is assigned to the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing united based at Truax Field Air National Guard Base.

The pilot’s status and condition is unknown as of Wednesday morning.

The 115th Fighter Wing participated in the search effort with local first responders, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government agencies overnight. Search rescue efforts are taking place on the ground and in the air and water.

The crash site was initially secured by local first responders, but military personnel and safety and security personnel from the 115th Fighter Wing are now on site.

Additional personnel will be sent later Wednesday to help facilitate the safety and security of the crash site.

“We are a close knit family and when an incident like this occurs, every member in our organization feels it.”, said Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander.

“The safety of our pilot along with search and rescue efforts are our top priority, and we will continue to pray for the pilot’s safe return”.

The cause of the crash also remains under investigation.

Some F-16 fighter jets based at Madison’s Truax Field have been doing night training this week. It’s unclear whether the pilot involved in the crash had been part of that training.