F-16 fighter crashes into California warehouse, pilot ejects

The hole in the roof where a fighter jet has reportedly crashed into a warehouse in California. Source KTVU

The Air Force Reserve told local news station KCAL-TV that the F-16 was on a training mission for NORAD. The pilot of the F-16 jet modified into ready to eject safely sooner than the plane struck a industrial warehouse located discontinuance to the airbase's runway.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, was taken to a hospital for examination, officials said.

The aircraft crashed Thursday afternoon through the roof of a warehouse near March Air Reserve Base southeast of Los Angeles.

The structure is stacked with plastic pipes, aluminum awnings and other materials, according to the CHP, which received the 911 calls. One official said the F-16 was one of the alert jets for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. No further details were available.

Fire officials took a cautious approach to the incident.

"As long as the aircraft is here, we are considering it a viable and risky area and we're taking the precautions necessary", Herrera said late Thursday night. "That's a fucking military aeroplane. that's a military aeroplane in our building".

A large area around the warehouse was evacuated and nearby Interstate 215, which runs between the base and warehouse, was shut down until crews could render the jet's weaponry and ordnance safe.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed on Twitter that the crash occurred around Van Buren and the 215 Freeway, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Every effort is being made to make certain that the public's security is being met", Col. Tom McNamara, the vice commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Flit at March Air Reserve Heinous, mentioned at a data convention Friday. It is still unclear why the Sioux Falls-based fighter was being used in the mission.

Authorities have safely blown up live ammo from an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into a Southern California warehouse.



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