F-16 Jet Crashes Into Warehouse Building
F-16 fighter jet crashes into a warehouse building off March Air Reserve Base in Perris, California, USA, but the pilot managed to escape just in time.
According to the air base’s Deputy Fire Chief Timothy Holliday, the crash took place when the pilot was landing during a routine training mission. He added that the reason behind the crash was a hydraulic failure in the plane. The pilot ejected before impact and did not suffer any major injuries, CNN reported.
Mike Johnson, the CEO of See Water, Inc, the company that owns the warehouse, reported that all employees at the location were safe. Videos on social media showed the moments before the plane crashed (above) and the employees surveying the wreckage of the plane following the crash.
‘Every effort is being made to ensure that the public’s safety is being met,’ vice commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base, Col. Tom McNamara, said at a news conference Friday.
‘Due to the nature of this type of an incident, the recovery process is extremely involved. ‘Our [explosive ordnance] disposal team is on site and is working through the situation at this time.’
Base officials say the plane may have experienced a ‘possible hydraulic failure.’
The jet pancaked onto the roof of the 500,000-sq-ft building, causing a fire that triggered the on-site sprinkler system, containing the flames, reports said.
A fire official said it’s ‘a miracle’ there was no explosion.
The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground in Riverside County, said Maj. Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base.
‘Next thing I know I just hear this explosion and turn around to the back of the building, and I just seen a burst of flames and just the ceiling started falling through every part of the building,’ Daniel Gallegos told KABC-TV.
‘I turned around, and my co-worker just told me to get out, so I just made a run for it.’