The Thunderbirds pilot, whose identity has not yet been released, was killed after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed over the Nevada Testa and Training Range during a routine aerial demonstration training flight, the U.S. Air Force said in a statement.
Del Bagno's life came to a tragic end this week when the F-16 he was flying over the Nevada desert crashed around 10:30 a.m. during what the Air Force said was a routine training flight.
Wednesday's Thunderbird crash was the fourth incident involving USA military aircraft in approximately 24 hours. An investigation found that an equipment malfunction caused the accident.
The jet was part of the Air Force's Thunderbirds Squadron, a flying team that performs aerial demonstrations across the United States as well as internationally.
An Air Force probe determined the pilot was at fault in the incident.
According to a short biography provided by the Thunderbirds, Del Bagno was a fan of snowboarding and water sports and loved spending time with his family and friends in his spare time.
The April 4 crash was the second deadly aircraft accident at Nellis in less than a year, and the fourth major incident.
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A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot has died in an F-16 crash outside Las Vegas, marking the third military crash in the last two days.
In November, the Air Force removed the Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Jason Heard, citing unnecessary risk taking.
The crash yesterday sparked an emergency response at the base, as crews battled to first find and then save the pilot's life.
Before to joining the Thunderbirds, Del Bagno served as an F-35A Evaluator Pilot and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 58th Fighter Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
Wednesday's crash was the USA military's third in less than two days.
A Marine Harrier jet crashed Tuesday during takeoff in East Africa.