Published: Thu, April 06, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Air Force: Pilot safe after F-16 crashes in Maryland

Air Force: Pilot safe after F-16 crashes in Maryland

The F-16C, which military officials said was at least 30 years old and worth $20 million, 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 southwest of Joint Base Andrews.

A fighter jet crashed several miles outside Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday, the United States media reported.

VIDEO fighter jet crash near Joint Base Andrews. Officials say the pilot intentionally guided the plane toward a wooded area before ejecting.

Homes near the scene of the crash are being evacuated as a precaution because of the possibility of hazardous materials, Brady said. He didn't know whether anything on the ground was hit.

Officials say the pilot did everything he could before ejecting himself from the plane.

Large portions of the aircraft, including a wing and the fuselage, were found intact after the crash, allowing investigators to identify it as an F-16, police said.

The crashing site is not far from National Harbor, a business complex that consists of shopping and entertainment facilities.

Those planes are scrambled from Andrews, which is used by the president to fly in and out of Washington. Brady says one pilot is reported to have parachuted out. There were no reported injuries or structural damages in the area of the crash, which was not populated. The wing is used - per a post-9/11 protocol - to patrol the area and intercept planes that enter a "safe zone" around the capital.

Tyrone Wolridge and his wife said it felt like an natural disaster and they saw a plume of smoke.

Crystal Hollingsworth lives nearby and said she heard a "huge crash" followed by the sound of "live rounds". There are no other reports of injuries.

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