Pilot killed after F-16 fighter jet crashes in the Middle East

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By RYAN GORMAN

A U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot died Monday when his fighter jet crashed in the Middle East.

The unidentified pilot was killed when the F-16 went down in a non-combat accident, Central Command said in a statement.

Officials did not disclose the location of the incident other than to say it did not occur in Iraq or Syria, where an American-led coalition is fighting against the terrorist-backed Islamic State.

Authorities confirmed only that the crash is under investigation. The pilot's name will be released after his family is notified.

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