TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com)- An Air Force report says an F-16 pilot from Tampa died in Afghanistan this spring when his fighter jet crashed into a mountain that he couldn’t see while returning to base.
The report released by Air Combat Command says 29-year-old Capt. James Michael Steel crashed about 12 miles outside of Bagram Air Field on April 3.
Just after 11 p.m. local time, Steel’s F-16 lost contact with its wingman and the tower as it was aligning for final approach to Bagram, according to Chief MSgt. Tyler Foster, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central.