UPDATE: Pilot in California F-16 crash in good condition – KSFY

UPDATE: Pilot in California F-16 crash in good condition - KSFY

F-16 fighter jet crashes into warehouse in California

Authorities say the man piloting a Sioux Falls-based F-16 that crashed in California is in good condition.

The Air Force and several local law enforcement agencies held a media briefing about the crash Friday morning.

“We hear the jets fly over, but this one kept getting louder and louder,” said Jon Godoy, 26, who works at See Water, a pump control manufacturing company. “All of a sudden, it came through the roof. It was terrible. As soon as I saw the fire, I turned around and I told my co-worker We have to get out of here.

Plane on training mission crashes near March Air Reserve Base; pilot and 12 others hospitalized

Very other few details about the crash were released during the briefing. An Air Force colonel declined to say if any live ordnance were among the wreckage.

The pilot is from a Fresno, Calif.-based Air National Guard Unit, but the aircraft belongs to the 114th Air National Guard unit based in Sioux Falls. The United States Air Force Reserve said in a press release that the plane was conducting a training mission at the time.

A Riverside County sheriffs deputy puts up tape as employees of businesses in Opportunity Way gather near Opportunity and Meridian Parkway. Employees were pushed back from the area several times after a military jet crashed near March Air Reserve Base on May 16, 2019. (Photo by Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

No fatalities were reported. At least 12 people on the ground were treated at a hospital, but authorities say they do not believe any of the injuries were major.

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Video: Officials say crashed F-16 pilot ejected safely and doing fine

The Air Force is investigating after a Sioux Falls-based F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse in California.

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Authorities to Investigate Fighter Jet Crash

According to KABC in Los Angeles, an F-16 from the Sioux Falls Air National Guard crashed in Riverside County.

The F-16 attached to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota went down around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, crashing into the See Water Inc. warehouse located in Riverside, California, authorities said. The pilot was on a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) managed to walk away after ejecting and parachuting onto the end of Runway 32. The pilot was taken to a hospital to be treated, according to the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

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.

The F-16 left an enormous hole inside the roof of the 500,000-square-foot building, causing a fire that triggered the on-site sprinkler systems, which helped to contain the flames, officials said. Base officials would not say whether the aircraft was carrying live ordnance at the time of the incident.

F-16 fighter jet armed with live ammo crashes into California warehouse shortly after take-off

The jet crashed into a warehouse near the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County in Southern California. It started a temporary fire Thursday afternoon.

Anything that may be in (the warehouse) is a concern, obviously not just to (firefighters), but to the military, Riverside County Fire Department Capt. Fernando Herrera said. So were going to take whatever precautions are necessary.

12 exposed to debris, pilot safe after F-16 hits warehouse

According to Captain Fernando Herrera with Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department, 12 people were treated and hosed down for exposure to debris from the plane crash before being transported. No major injuries were reported in the incident though.

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

Video: Watch live: Fighter jet crashes into warehouse in Riverside, California

Sioux Falls F-16 Crashes Into California Warehouse

The United States Air Force Reserve said in a press release that the plane was conducting a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command at the time. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

A pilot ejected moments before an F-16 fighter jet armed with live ammunition crashed into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, military officials said.

The pilot is part of the 144th Fighter Wing, an Air National Guard unit based in Fresno. The aircraft belongs to the South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls. It is still unclear why the Sioux Falls-based fighter was being used in the mission.

The NORAD alert aircraft was flying with a standard armament configuration as part of its Operation Noble Eagle commitments, a defense official said Friday.

(CNN)An F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just off March Air Reserve Base in Perris, California.


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