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UPDATE (11:20 a.m.) via USA Today: AnF-15C fighter jet based at a National Guard facility in Massachusetts crashed Wednesday in Virginia's George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, an Air Force spokesperson said.

The jet is a one-person craft and the status of the pilot was not immediately known, Maj. Candice Ismirle said.

The F-15C is part of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard. It flew out of the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield, Mass.

Augusta County sheriff's office scanners said one ambulance was sent to the area. in the rugged national forest area.

Emergency responders approaching the scene had reported visible smoke on the horizon, the News Leader in Staunton, Va., said.

"I'm on location, with smoke, and we do have debris," said one responder on emergency radio frequencies at 10:04 a.m. ET. "I got debris everywhere... I haven't located anybody."

UPDATE (10:33 a.m.) via The (Stauntun, VA) News Leader: The plane has been confirmed as a military plane by a spokesman for the National Travel Safety Board.

NTSB will have no involvement with the investigation, said spokesman Peter Knudson.

According to the police scanner there was one person on board.

The latest reports from police dispatch are that an F-15 fighter jet is missing. They are in contact with an airport in D.C. that lost contact with a military aircraft.

Deerfield, VA (WLTX) -- A military aircraft has reportedly crashed in the mountainous area of central-western Virginia.

According to CBS News affiliate WCAV in Charlottesville, VA, the Augusta County Sheriff's Department first received calls of the airplane crash around 9:15AM.

Emergency crews are on the way to the location, located in a section of the George Washington National Forest, after calls came in about residents hearing a loud boom, followed by people reportedly seeing a plume of black smoke rising from the area.

A sheriff's dispatcher confirmed to the Associated Press that authorities are searching for the crash site, and authorities don't know whether anyone was injured in the crash.

A news release from state police says officials located the crash site, with heavy smoke coming from the side of a mountain. The statement says state and local police are trying to reach the site. Police did not offer other details.

We will update this article as additional information becomes available.

Contributing: Associated Press

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