The name of the F-16 pilot from Shaw Air Force Base, who fatally crashed his fighter jet in Afghanistan, has been released.
The Department of Defense announced Friday that the body of 29-year-old Capt. James Michael Steel was recovered after he crashed his F-16 near an airfield in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Department officials said Steel’s fighter jet crashed when he was returning from a routine air support mission, during which he lost contact with his wingman and the control tower before he crashed about 10 miles from his destination.
Steel was part of Shaw’s 77th Fighter Squadron. Officials say the crash is under investigation.