A plane that made a landing in Denver, CO, on December 14, 2015, on a runway in the city’s northwest has been found to have crashed into the sea.
The aircraft, a MiG-29 Fulcrum, was reported missing on December 13.
Since then, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it has been investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, and that a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be released later this month.
The plane was a MiGs Fulcrums F-14 and was reportedly assigned to the 16th Fighter Squadron, 2nd Fighter Wing, Air Force Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“This is a very unusual event.
We don’t usually see a single occurrence like this.
This was not an aircraft that we’ve been looking at in the past,” Air Force Col. Mark J. Schmitt told the Denver Post.
“It was one of the best looking planes I’ve seen.”
The MiG has an impressive record in combat.
It has a history of major airshows.
The MiGs had been on a tour of duty in Afghanistan, and flew in training exercises, before being shipped to Colorado to see how they performed in combat in 2016.
The Air Force also flew MiGs in training missions over the summer.
The pilot’s parents, who flew MiG jets, were able to fly the MiGs out of Colorado after they left Afghanistan.
“We are relieved that the MiG is back home in the United States and that it is safe to fly again,” the MiFats parents, David and Susan Jorgensen, said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, our son was killed while flying in combat with our aircrew.”
“The MiG’s tragic loss was the culmination of years of dedication and effort by his parents, his friends and family, and our fellow Air Force pilots,” the Jorgens said.
“He was an excellent young man, and we thank all who were with him during his career.
The mission was a pleasure and a privilege, and the Mi-28 Fulcrus was an honor to fly with him.
He was the most wonderful young man we ever knew.”
The plane’s owner, Robert H. McNeil, is the brother of Air Force Lt.
Col. Robert H., who was killed in action during Operation Desert Storm.
“The family and I are deeply saddened by the loss of the Mi, and look forward to the full and thorough investigation into this tragic accident,” McNeil said in the statement.
The FAA said in December it will investigate the cause of the crash.
In the meantime, the Mi G Fulcruses F-15 and F-16 have been grounded in Colorado for two years while the NTSB conducts an investigation into the crash and the plane’s maintenance.
The airline that operates the plane is a Russian company called Aerojet.