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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Test Pilot Crashes

BETHALTO, Illinois () -- A test pilot practicing acrobatic maneuvers for an air show crashed his fighter jet in a southern Illinois town.


The jet clipped a row of trees, ripped through power lines and slammed into a garage before coming to rest in the back yard of an empty house.


Pilot Jeffrey James Crutchfield, 44, who was flying solo, was killed in Wednesday's crash. His wife, Debbie, and three of their five children saw the crash from the St. Louis Regional Airport.