F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes Into California Building, Pilot Ejects Safely
F-16 fighter jet. Representational image. (Photo by PETRA via Getty Images)

Moreno Valley, May 17: A General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon jet crashed to a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California on Thursday. The pilot, the only person on board, ejected from the fighter jet. The pilot's condition is not immediately known but the fire ignited by crash “wasn’t very big,” said the base’s deputy fire chief, Timothy Holliday.

According to reports, the incident took place around 3:45 pm (GMT-7). The warplane crash injured two warehouse employees, reported CBS Los Angeles. The officials said that the F-16 jet was assigned to the Air National Guard (ANG), a federal military reserve force under the Air Force.

Melissa Melendez, the assemblywoman for the district, tweeted: "An F-16 crashed into a commercial building on Opportunity Way on March ARB in Riverside this afternoon. Pilot alive, all warehouses workers accounted for. Waiting for update on fire."

Till the news was reported, details on what the warplane had been doing were not immediately shared. Meanwhile, it is not yet clear whether F-16 was carrying ordnance or other dangerous materials. The local police have urged motorists to avoid the area till further instructions.