NEW CASTLE MAN DIES IN AIR FORCE JET CRASH
Undated—A 2003 Rifle High School graduate who went on to an outstanding career as a United States Air Force fighter jet pilot was killed when his plane crashed late Sunday night in the Middle East. According to reports from the Pentagon and the Defense Department, 30 year old Will Dubois (doo-boyz) of New Castle, died when his F-16 crashed in Jordan. Officials say the jet experienced a mechanical problem after takeoff and turned around. It crashed before landing. Dubois was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina. Dubois is believed to be the first casualty in the war on ISIS which began in August.
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