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A US F-16 Jet Crashes Out of Andrews Base DC. - Pilot Ejects

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The D.C. Air National Guard F-16C fighter jet crashed about 9:15 a.m. about 6 miles southwest of the base that is home to Air Force One, base officials said. @KentARoberson / Twitter

A US Air Force National Guard F-16 crashed Wednesday over a wooded area near the Joint Andrews Base, from which the president takes off when he leaves Washington DC.

The pilot ejected safely after directing the burning plane to a wood to avoid crashing into a populated area.

He warned that the plane was carrying live ammunition.

The cause of the crash will be investigated.

The F-16 was part of a group of three that were apparently conducting a routine maneuver. 

The single-engine jet, which is part of the D.C. Air National Guard’s 113th Wing, carried only one person — an update from earlier reports that a second person was on board, base officials said.

“The aircraft was flying along with other DCANG aircraft in a routine training mission in the greater Washington area,” the base tweeted.

After parachuting from the plane, the pilot managed to radio for help, NBC News learned.

He was taken to a hospital where he was in good condition after suffering minor injuries, fire officials said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

The jet ‘s final stop came perilously close to homes — some just 200 yards away, the Prince George’s County Fire Department said. There were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground or damage to homes.

Some roads surrounding the crash site were closed and homes were temporarily evacuated, reported NBC Washington. Investigators were looking into whether munitions were stored on the aircraft, which could pose a safety hazard.

One resident told NBC Washington that she’s used to jets performing training missions in the area, but when the crash occurred, her home shook “like an earthquake.”

“I heard a really loud boom,” she said. “I was really concerned about my neighbors and whether (the plane) hit someone’s home.”

Military officials continued to investigate the cause of the crash.


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