An F-16 on a training mission crashed near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday morning, leading to homes in the area being evacuated.
Daily Mail reported that the crash occurred at around 9:15am with a loud explosion and fire resulting from it. Thankfully, the pilot was able to eject from the aircraft before the crash and parachute to safety. He is said to be in “good condition” at this time.
The aircraft crashed just 200 yards from a residential area.
The F-16 was part of the DC Guard 113th Wing, which routinely patrols the skies around Washington.
“F-16 Crash – if anyone in community finds what they believe to be a part of the aircraft – do not touch/move-call @JBA_NAFW at 240-857-8685,” the Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGCFD) wrote on Twitter.
“A DC Air National Guard F-16C fighter jet, assigned to the 113th Wing, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., crashed about 9:15 a.m. today approximately six miles Southwest from JBA,” Joint Base Andrews said in a statement. “The aircraft was flying along with other DCANG aircraft in a routine training mission in the greater Washington area. The aircraft carried only one pilot. The pilot ejected and sustained non-life threatening injuries.”
We will update you further as this story develops.