Cal Fire crews hurried to get anybody that was inside the building at the time of the crash out. Twelve people suffered minor injuries and were treated on scene for exposure to debris from the crash and decontaminated before being taken to a local hospital, said Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera.
This photo taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows the parachute left by the pilot who ejected before his F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif., Thursday afternoon. (Associated Press)
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The crash was reported at about 3:30 p.m. The pilot ejected from the plane and parachuted onto the base, according to officials. It's unclear if the pilot suffered any injuries in the incident but officials say the pilot is being medically evaluated at the hospital.
The pilot was the only person inside the plane at the time of the crash and say the plane may have experienced a "possible hydraulic failure."
The immediate area is closed including northbound and southbound 215 freeway from Cactus Avenue to Harley Knox Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officials also expanded the evacuation area to 4,000 feet from the impact zone.
There was a small fire related to the crash but that fire was contained within the warehouse thanks to the building's sprinkler system, according to Capt. Herrera.
Capt. Herrera said fire crews, along with a hazmat team and military base officials, will go back into the building to "secure" whatever is left of the F-16 fighter jet.
The F-16 attached to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota went down around 3:45 p.m. Thursday, crashing into the See Water Inc. warehouse located in Riverside, California, authorities said. The pilot was on a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) managed to walk away after ejecting and parachuting onto the end of Runway 32. The pilot was taken to a hospital to be treated, according to the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
The pilot was conducting a training exercise for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The F-16 left an enormous hole inside the roof of the 500,000-square-foot building, causing a fire that triggered the on-site sprinkler systems, which helped to contain the flames, officials said. Base officials would not say whether the aircraft was carrying live ordnance at the time of the incident.
(CNN)An F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just off March Air Reserve Base in Perris, California.
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