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Contracted Aircraft from Nellis AFB Crashes

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  • 57th Wing Public Affairs

A contracted-aircraft that took off from Nellis Air Force Base crashed at approximately 2:30 p.m. May 24 outside the southern edge of the base. 

The aircraft was owned, operated and piloted by Draken US, a Florida-based company contracted to provide adversary air support to Nellis Air Force Base. 

Please see below statement from our partners at Draken US on today’s aircraft incident:

“Draken has received news of a downed aircraft out of Nellis AFB and the tragic loss of one of our pilots. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people and families affected by this event. We are doing everything in our power to assist them in this time of need, and we are working closely with federal, state and local authorities. Draken US is also cooperating with investigating agencies to determine what led to this tragic accident,” said Draken US.

The men and women of Team Nellis send our deepest condolences to the teammates, friends and family of our Draken wingman. 

The pilot’s identity has not yet been released. No other personnel were on board. Multiple federal and local first responders are on scene. The NTSB is investigating the incident. 

Media queries related to Draken US should be directed to Christina Childs at