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Tuesday, April 23 2019 @ 09:03 PM EDT

Muslim F-15 Pilot Killed in Mid-Air Collision

1st Lt. Ali Jivanjee, 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- Air Force, 1st Lieutenant Ali Jivanjee, of the 58th Fighter Squadron, died due to injuries sustained during an F-15 aircraft accident Feb 20. 

The name of the second pilot involved in the mishap is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation; he was released from the Eglin hospital Wednesday and was in good condition. 

The 33d Fighter Wing requests that the media respect the privacy of Lieutenant Jivanjee's family during their time of loss. 

An Interim Safety Board has convened at the 33d Fighter Wing to begin investigating the Feb. 20 crash of two F-15C Eagles over the Gulf of Mexico. 

Both F-15s were assigned to the 58th FS within the 33d FW. The 33d FW is scheduled to return to normal flying operation on Monday, Feb. 25. Thirty-third Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Todd Harmer temporarily suspended flying operations following the crash. 

33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

1st Lt. Ali Jivanjee, 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
Air Force hold memorial for F-15 pilot killed in mid-air crash

Associated Press Writer

Lt. Ali Jivanjee performed a unique balancing act as an American Air Force fighter jet pilot and a devout Muslim.

His casket, draped in an American flag, and carried by men in traditional Pakistani clothes somberly captured that for mourners during his traditional Muslim burial last week. On Wednesday, more than 500 squadron members, friends and family gathered for another memorial at Eglin Air Force Base's 58th Fighter Squadron.

Jivanjee, who was killed in a mid-air crash with another F-15 C Eagle pilot in a training mission above the Gulf of Mexico, joked with his fellow aviators by signing various military documents "Jihad" after they teased him about his first and middle names — Ali Akbar, his commander, Lt. Col. Todd Jaxx, said at a memorial Wednesday.

Fellow pilots eventually gave Jivanjee the call sign "Danny Boy," saying he needed a strong Irish name, Jaxx said.

The twenty-six-year-old pilot from San Dimas, Calif., grew up in a Pakastani-American family and graduated from UCLA with a degree in electrical engineering before joining the Air Force in 2004.

"He was an outstanding fighter pilot, a stellar officer, an obedient son and a devout Muslim who was an amazing poker player. To several of us in this room, many of those things would seem to be in conflict but it was not an issue for Ali because above all else Ali is a great American," Jaxx said.

Jivanjee's parents, brother and wife attended Wednesday's memorial but did not speak.

He received a traditional Muslim burial in Tampa Friday evening.

Ahmed Bedier, executive director of the Tampa office of the Counsel on American-Islamic Relations said Jivanjee's military service was unique.

"He was a model example of a person who was able to balance parts of his life. He was a pilot flying the F-15 and he could have accomplished so much," he said.

Jaxx said Jivanjee had wanted to become a fighter pilot since age 12.

He not only achieved his dreamed, but excelled by obtaining an exceptionally qualified rating on his check ride, he said.

An Air Force board is investigating the Feb. 20 crash. The second pilot, who has not been identified publicly by the military, ejected and was treated and released from a local hospital. Both F-15 Cs were lost in the crash.

The fighter wing resumed its normal training schedule on Monday after suspending flights following the crash.

'A true American hero'
F-15 pilot Ali Jivanjee, who died after Wednesday's crash, is remembered as 'phenomenal' man

By Robbyn Brooks

EGLIN AFB — He was a good man. He loved his wife and his job. People were drawn to his charismatic personality.

Friends who spoke about 1st Lt. Ali Jivanjee Friday all echoed the same thoughts about the pilot killed in the F-15 crash off the coast of Panama City Beach on Wednesday.

“He was the type of guy you knew you’d be friends with for the rest of your life,” said his college buddy Aneesh Singhal.

 For more on this story, please visit the Northwest Daily News Website.

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