F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Warehouse Outside California Air Reserve Base

Remigio Civitarese
Мая 18, 2019

An F-16 crashed at March Reserve Air Force Base in Southern California on Thursday afternoon, hitting a warehouse located right by the runway.

There are normally between 2,000 and 6,000 Air Force reservists and other personnel on base at any given time, Covington said.

The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and was receiving medical treatment, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Perry Covington said the pilot ejected just off the end of the runway before the jet collided with the building, according to CNN.

"I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get, so I just made a run for it".

A dozen people were hosed down and taken to hospitals, and there were no major injuries, state fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said.

Firefighters in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, have requested a hazardous material response team, because the plane was loaded with ordnance and external fuel tanks, according to KNBC-TV.

The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj.

Live video from a news helicopter showed that the plane appeared to have crashed upon landing.

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.

A warehouse worker said he heard a deafening noise before the jet smashed into the building about 65 miles (105 kilometers) from Los Angeles. "He started losing control of the aircraft".

The fire was "not very big", Holliday told the paper.

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 base also supports transient military aircraft and those in the region for exercises and training and houses an Air Mobility Command wing of C-17s and KC-135s, and an Air National Guard MQ-9 Reaper drone squadron, among other smaller residents.

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