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F-16 fighter jet crashes over Arizona – pilot ejected

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron takes off on a simulated combat sortie during operational readiness exercise (ORE) Beverly Bulldog 14-01 at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Nov. 19, 2013. (DoD photo by Senior Airman Armando A. Schwier-Morales, U.S. Air Force/Released)
April 24, 2018

An F-16 fighter jet crashed in Arizona while trying to land on Tuesday, but the pilot was able to eject and is in good condition, the Air Force said.

The crash took place in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

“An F-16C assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at approximately 10:35 a.m. today during a routine training flight,” according to Luke Air Force Base, which is located outside of Phoenix.

“During landing, the aircraft departed the prepared surface and the pilot ejected from the aircraft,” Luke AFB said. “The pilot is in good condition and is being transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center.”

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“First responders are on site and there is no immediate danger to the public,” the base said, a local news affiliate reported.