Former Ogden man dies in jet crash

Mar 29 2012 - 11:43pm

MOUNTAIN HOME AFB, Idaho -- Capt. Francis D. Imlay, 31, an F-15E Strike Eagle pilot from Mountain Home Air Force Base, died in a crash Wednesday near an unidentified base in Southwest Asia.

Imlay, whose call-sign was "Piston," was assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron "Bold Tigers." He was known to friends and family as Dee, officials said. Imlay is from Vacaville, Calif., according to a Department of Defense news release.

Imlay was born at Hill Field and the family lived on 2nd Street in Ogden before moving to California, said his grandmother, Anna Imlay.

The crash was about 15 miles from a base that the Air Force said it will not identify for security reasons. The region includes operations in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.

Officials say another crew member from Mountain Home was injured in Wednesday's crash and treated for minor injuries. That crew member was not named.

More than 300 airmen from the 366th Fighter Wing in Mountain Home are deployed to support F15E missions, helping deliver combat air support for joint fighting operations.

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