Military jet crashes into Air Force Reserve Base in California

A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California. The pilot wasn't hurt

A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California. The pilot wasn't hurt

A military F-16 fighter jet crashed into a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California, CBS Los Angeles reported.

The ammo was needed as part of an alert mission to protect U.S. skies post-9/11 and it has now been secured and will be "disposed of in accordance with Air Force policies and regulations".

"The pilot was having hydraulic problems", he said.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the fighter jet, was able to eject before the crash and parachuted safely a short distance away. According to the pilot of the helicopter, the building is used by See Water Inc.

Another report from Capt. Fernando Herrera from the Riverside Unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection mentioned twelve people being decontaminated for possible exposure to hazardous materials and treated for injuries from debris. There were no major injuries.

The sprinkler system doused a small fire started as a result of the crash and a specialized team will work to secure the jet, the Associated Press reported.

A parachute is seen in a field after a F-16 pilot ejected just before a crash near March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County on May 16, 2019.

The warplane went down at about 3:30 p.m. and slammed into a warehouse at the end of the base runway, base spokesman Major Perry Covington told Reuters by telephone. 'He started losing control of the aircraft'.

Cellphone photos and video from inside the warehouse showed what appeared to be the tail of the plane buried in twisted metal and piles of cardboard boxes.

The F-16, assigned to the Air National Guard, was carrying standard armaments that will be recovered once authorities make sure the weapons do not pose a risk, Mr Holliday added.

The unit flying this alert mission from the base in Riverside, California, was a combination of pilots and aircraft from California and South Dakota Air National Guard units.

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