The Latest: Ordnance team on scene of California F-16 crash

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an F-16 fighter jet in Southern California (all times local):

9:05 a.m.

A military official says an explosive ordnance disposal detail is on the scene of an F-16 fighter jet crash in Southern California but he will not say whether any armaments were aboard the aircraft.

Col. Thomas McNamara, vice commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, said Friday morning that more information will be released in the afternoon.

Authorities have cordoned off the area for three-quarters of a mile (1.21 kilometers) around the scene, including a section of heavily traveled Interstate 215. No residential areas are affected.

The aircraft fell out of the sky Thursday afternoon and crashed through the roof of a warehouse near March Air Reserve Base, but there was no explosion.

McNamara says the pilot ejected safely before the crash and is in good condition.


10:22 p.m.

A fire official says it’s “a miracle” there was no explosion after an F-16 fighter jet plowed into a warehouse near a Southern California air base.

The Air National Guard jet reported hydraulic problems during training Thursday at March Reserve Air Force Base east of Los Angeles. The pilot safely ejected before the plane smashed through the roof of a nearby warehouse.

A dozen people were treated for exposure to debris and taken to hospitals. Authorities say there aren’t any major injuries.

A wide area around the warehouse was evacuated and a nearby freeway closed until the jet’s weaponry and ordnance could be rendered safe.

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