F-16 jet crashes near Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC
An F-16 fighter jet has crashed in a wooded area several miles from Joint Base Andrews, near Washington DC.
The plane appears to have gone down in the 4200 block of Steed Road in Clinton, Maryland. No residents are reported to be injured.
Military Aircraft down in area of Temple Hills RD & Woodells Ct. 1 pilot reported to have parachuted out— Mark Brady (@PGFDPIO) April 5, 2017
Sending prayers to the pilots involved in the fighter jet crash this AM in PG County. I hope everyone is safe #pgcounty— Michelle (@MichelleDeaver) April 5, 2017
ABC News said the pilot ejected in "an unpopulated area" and "is OK" according to an official.
The F-16 was from the 113th Fighter Wing. Homes near the scene have been evacuated as a precaution due to the possibility of hazardous materials and some roads are closed in the area.
Kent Roberson told NBC News that he was driving when the crash happened and saw flames and smoke rising from the area.
“I just heard a loud boom, I guess… like how a large tree falls and shakes the ground,” he told NBC. “That’s what it felt like and what I heard.”
Mark Brady of the Prince George's County Fire & Emergency Services, said: “We have reports that there was one pilot on board the aircraft who parachuted out, and has been picked up by a military helicopter and has been taken to an area hospital."