US F-16 crashes near Joint Base Andrews

Delia Watkins
April 6, 2017

Prince George's County Fire spokesman Mark Brady said on Twitter that the pilot was being evaluated at the hospital and was in good condition.

The three other fighters flying with the doomed F-16 returned to base with no damage, indicating a collision is not suspected, Coker added. The most recent was on March 14 when three service members assigned to a special operations unit were killed after a single-engine reconnaissance and surveillance plane crashed in eastern New Mexico during a training flight, the Air Force said.

He said he ran into the woods after the plane crashed and saw the pilot standing up. Authorities are knocking on the doors of homes and are alerting residents. The altitude of the jet when he ejected is unknown.

PGFD investigating aircraft down in area of Piscataway and Steed Road.

All active Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units have converted to the F-16C/D, according to the Air Force.

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"If you have a problem at a low altitude, you're in trouble", he said.

More information will be provided as information becomes available.

"The pilot ejected safely in an unpopulated area".

The F-16C went down about 200 yards behind a small subdivision of two-story brick homes in the middle-class suburban community of Clinton, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southwest of Joint Base Andrews.

An F-18 Navy jet on a training mission crashed into an apartment complex in Virginia Beach in 2012, injuring seven people and destroying 27 apartments. The Navy said a rare dual-engine malfunction caused the crash.

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