Armament Package Secured In F-16 Fighter Jet Crash; 215 Freeway Reopens – CBS Los Angeles

Armament Package Secured In F-16 Fighter Jet Crash; 215 Freeway Reopens - CBS Los Angeles
Ordnance on F-16 jet that crashed in Southern California is detonated by military
MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE (CBSLA) — An F-16 fighter jet that crashed near March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley was carrying a “standard armament” package that is now back in the hands of the U.S. military, officials said Friday.

Col. Thomas McNamara, vice commander of the 452nd Air Mobility Wing at March Air Reserve Base did not provide any details as to what types of weaponry was aboard but said that the armaments have been recovered from the jet.

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The “standard armament package” is expected to be disposed of by later Friday afternoon, McNamara said.

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Three trauma patients were still in the hospital Friday – none of them in life-threatening condition – and ten others have been released after a fighter jet assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing of Sioux Falls, South Dakota crashed into the civilian warehouse at about 3:45 p.m. during a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Three people who were on the ground suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene and released, Holliday said. A total of 12 people, including the pilot, were taken to the hospital to be treated, a Cal Fire official said. No one suffered life-threatening injuries.

The pilot ejected from the plane just before the crash and was able to walk away. Officials say he’s currently in stable condition.

Images from the scene broadcast by local news agencies showed a hole in the roof of an industrial building next to the freeway where the jet apparently crashed. The building was loaded with pallets of boxes and other items. No smoke or fire was visible at the scene.

The owner of the warehouse told CBS2 that the timing of the crash was rather fortunate, because several workers had just left the area 10 minutes before the fighter jet punched its way into the building.

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The building’s sprinklers immediately deployed and put out the flames that erupted from the crash.

“Incidents like this are very complex,” Col. McNamara said. “Again, as I mentioned earlier, our safety is our priority, our No. 1 priority at this point.”

The plane remains where it crashed going on 24 hours later. A three-quarter-mile evacuation zone is being maintained and several surrounding roadways remain closed:

Ty Stanonis was on the freeway when the crash occurred ahead of him, he told FOX11. His vehicles dashboard camera recorded the moment the jet crashed, showing the plane dropping into the building.

Video: 215 Fwy in Perris Closed After F-16 Crash

Metrolink’s 91/PV line is also shut down between Moreno Valley and downtown Perris. Businesses in the area have been forced to shut down until further notice, along with the Riverside National Cemetery, where 30 ceremonies scheduled for Friday had to be moved elsewhere. No homes were impacted.

An F-16 returning to March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley after a routine training mission crashed after its hydraulics failed and its pilot ejected, base officials said Thursday.

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