Monday, 20 November, 2017

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

US F-16 crashes near Joint Base Andrews Sean Gallup Getty Images
Saul Franklin | 08 April, 2017, 07:46

Air Force officials added the F-16 C crashed in a suburb of D.C. about 3 miles southwest of Joint Base Andrews.

An Air Force official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the incident was so recent, said the jet that went down was an F-16 from the Air National Guard's 113th Fighter Wing.

Homes in the immediate area are being evacuated and families are sheltering at Clinton Grove Elementary School.

No casualties have been reported. As the pilot trained, he realized something was wrong with his jet, military officials said at a news conference.

Lt. Col. Michael Corker, the pilot's commanding officer, said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that no one else was injured.

People in the area described the crash impact as terrifying, NBC said.

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Witnesses heard loud bangs after the plane hit the ground. The Navy said a rare dual-engine malfunction caused the crash.

No one else was hurt, although the plane crashed just 200 yards from homes, according to NBC. Many saw smoke and flares, yet couldn't see precisely where the plane had smashed. He sustained "non-life threatening injuries", Joint Base Andrews tweeted. The crash was about 12 miles from Washington, D.C. Brady said it is not clear what the aircraft crashed into.

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

Joint Base Andrews is a United States military facility located in Prince George's County, Maryland.

Her husband, Tony Hollingsworth, said the "house shook" and he also heard the sound of gunshots in the woods, something that "sounded like a shootout". There are no other reports of injuries.

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