On Thursday, an F-16 fighter jet flown in routine training exercises got crashed into a warehouse, located outside March Air Reserve Base in Southern California. The pilot has ejected safely from the jet but five people fall on the ground were reported injured, said the military officials.
However, the injury details is yet not disclosed and the pilot was allegedly “transported to a local hospital for evaluation,” said the United States Air Force Reserve official in a release.
Earlier there were no reported injuries, claims the official.
F-16 fighter jet was assigned to 114th Fighter Wing, South Dakota, Souix Falls and arranges a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), added the officials.
Sources claims that the crash indicates a small fire and a few pictures of the accident scene were posted on local TV Station KCAL-TV, highlights a gaping hole in the roof of a large gray building.
The F-16 went down at 3:30 PM and has struck into a warehouse at the end of a basic runway, informed base spokesperson Major Perry Covington.
He continued, “The pilot did eject and the pilot is OK,” adding he believed that nobody was inside the warehouse, when the crash was reported.
Installation of sprawling, situated in Riverside County of California, which is nearly 105 km east of Los Angeles, is home to Air Force Reserve 452nd Mobility wing. It is generally between 2000-6000 Air Force reservists and other people on base at any point of time, added Mr. Covington.
A part of Interstate 215, which is a major north-south route running via the base remained closed in both directions after the unexpected crash, informed the California Highway Patrol and urges motorists to simply avoid the area.
NORAD operations are introduced to protect the air space of both Canada and the United States, which attracts forces from both the nations.
Officials reported that the cause of the fighter jets crash is underway.
More details are awaited.