The efforts to find pilot Captain Nicholas Giglio and the F-16 have officially gone from “Active” to “Recovery.” Spokesperson, Lt. Emily Chilson with the 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter says, “Right now the coast guard and navy continue to coordinate the recovery efforts. Shaw is helping in any way that we can. The investigation board has convened so we’re waiting for that process to continue to unfold.”
In a news conference late Saturday, a spokesperson said they believe Captain Nicholas Giglio died immediately after a mid-air collision Thursday night with another F-16 being flow by Captain Lee Bryant. The accident happened during training exercises off the Charleston. Bryant was released from the hospital with no injuries.
Giglio leaves behind a wife, a 15 month-old daughter and a baby boy on the way.