VIDEO: F-16 pilot ejects moments before jet crashes into building near March Air Reserve Base

ABC7 Los Angeles | 5/21/2019 | Staff
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Dramatic video shows the moment an F-16 pilot ejected just before his fighter jet crashed into a building near the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County last week.

The person who captured the video was driving near March Air Reserve Base on May 16 when the jet, which was armed with live ammunition needed for its NORAD alert mission, went down.

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A burst of flame can be seen on the left side of the shot as the pilot ejected. The jet then stays airborne for a while before the video stops as the aircraft crashes.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the aircraft and has not been identified, landed at the airfield near Cactus Avenue and Meridian Parkway where a parachute was spotted. He was said to be in "good" condition.

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Officials say the pilot did declare an emergency before ejecting, but won't confirm a possible cause.

The aircraft crashed at the end of the runway and into a warehouse, where the building's sprinkler system was set off. A CAL FIRE chief said despite initial reports, a small fire did not ignite. The 215 Freeway reopened in both directions between the Cactus Avenue and Harley Knox Boulevard exits after closing for about 24 hours while the military dealt with the ordnance.

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The F-16 jet crash into a warehouse has been negatively impacting a Riverside County community.

The military has not released a cause for the crash, and the jet is still inside the building.

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The aircraft was flying with a "standard armament configuration," according to the official who could not provide details on the contents of the package due to operational security commitments. The armament had been secured and was disposed of in accordance with Air Force policies and regulations this afternoon, officials said.

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