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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.