A small fighter jet has crashed in a wooded area around two miles south of Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, a fire official said Wednesday morning at 9:30 A.M. ET.
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A small fighter jet has crashed six miles away from National Harbor, Maryland. The pilot ejected from the plane using a parachute and was located by first responders. The Air Force has confirmed that the pilot is safe though his injuries are still being assessed. Homes near the scene have begun evacuating, according to Mark Brady of Prince George’s County Fire & EMS, in case of hazardous materials. Authorities are going door to door to alert residents.
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NBC News reports that the aircraft is an F-16.
The Air Force said via the Associated Press that the pilot was on a training mission in an F-16 from the Joint Base Andrews-based 113th Wing when the plane went down.
The plane is said to have gone down near Temple Hills Road and Woodelves Way in Clinton, Maryland. Some roads in the area have been closed as a result.
Military Aircraft down in area of Temple Hills RD & Woodells Ct. 1 pilot reported to have parachuted out
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Kent Roberson was driving in a residential area nearby when the plane went down.
“…I just heard a loud boom, I guess…like how a large tree falls and shakes the ground,” he told NBC. “That’s what it felt like and what I heard.”
Roberson said he saw fire and smoke rising from the ground to his right.
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“We have reports that there was one pilot on board the aircraft who parachuted out, and has been picked up by a military helicopter and has been taken to an area hospital,” Brady said.
The altitude of the jet when the pilot ejected is unknown at this time. Officials are investigating the cause of the crash.
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Joint Base Andrews
Joint Base Andrews is a United States military facility located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The facility is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 11th Wing, Air Force District of Washington. It was built in 1945.