At Least 2 Injured on Ground After Jet Crash in Riverside – NBC Southern California

At Least 2 Injured on Ground After Jet Crash in Riverside - NBC Southern California
F-16 fighter jet crashes while trying to land at California base, no injuries reported
A F-16 jet has crashed into a warehouse building near March Reserve Air Force Base in Riverside. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse while attempting to land at March Air Reserve Base in Southern California, an Air Force official confirmed to Fox News late Thursday.

“Every pilot that flies a fighter aircraft that has an ejection seat has to make that decision before they even start that jet up: When am I going to eject? and not to wait too long to know when the airplane is no longer flyable and they need to get out,” said retired Col. Steve Ganyard, former deputy assistant secretary of state and ABC News contributor.

Video: Fighter jet crashes into California building

The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base.

A hazardous materials team will go in the building Thursday night to see if there is anything unsafe to the public and to make sure there is nothing left behind that can cause issues to the local environment and businesses in the area. People and businesses up to 4,000 feet from the building were evacuated, officials said.

Interstate 215, which runs between the base and the warehouse, was closed in both directions, backing up rush-hour traffic for miles.

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Television news footage showed a large hole in the roof and sprinklers on inside the building about 65 miles east of Los Angeles. The jet's cockpit canopy was on a runway and a parachute had settled in a nearby field.

The F-16 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. 

Video: F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Into Building Near California Air Base

The pilot ejected and was being medically evaluated, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground, said Maj. Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base. 

The F-16 is assigned to the Air National Guard, officials said. One official told Fox News that the F-16 was one of the alert jets for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and was armed.

F-16 fighter crashes into California warehouse, pilot

The base is home to the Air Force Reserve Command's Fourth Air Force Headquarters and various units of the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, California Air National Guard and California Army National Guard.

#BREAKING image from inside a warehouse near March Air Reserve Base where a fighter jet crashed this afternoon Courtesy: Jeff Schoffstall

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Video: F-16 fighter crashes into warehouse, pilot ejects

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