A US air force F-16 fighter plane has crashed into a warehouse in Southern California. The crash occurred close to March Air Force Base. The pilot ejected successfully and has been transported to the nearest hospital to treat minor injuries.
Why Did the F-16 Crash?
According to media before the F-16 crashed, the pilot had declared an emergency and requested immediate landing due to hydraulic failure. The fighter belonged to the 114th Fighter Wings based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The March Air Force Base is home to 452nd Air Mobility Wing, an Air Force Reserve component that utilizes mammoth C-17 transports, KC-135 refueling aircraft, and C-130 transports. The base is home to the Air Force Reserve Command’s Fourth Air Force Headquarters and other various reserved units like the navy and marines.
It Was Just A Routine Training Mission
Maj. Perry Covington, a spokesman at March Air Reserve Base, was unsure as to why the armed falcon was there but assured that the pilot had ejected and was ok. Late that evening the March air force base commander, Col. Melissa Coburn in a press conference briefed the media about the training mission that was being conducted but refused to reveal why the f16 was armed.
The pilot parachuted to safety into an open field. The fighter barrel rolled and pancaked through the roof of a warehouse owned by See Water Inc. The warehouse sprinkler systems activated and extinguished the fire preventing any further disaster from occurring. The entire 215 freeway was shut down from both ends causing long and agonizing rush hour traffic jams for miles in both directions.
Other Injuries As A Result of F-16 Crash
According to media reports, eight people excluding the pilot suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident. The pilot and the injured had been transported to the nearest hospital, where further medical tests were being conducted.