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Air Force F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes In Texas

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A United States Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed during takeoff Wednesday at Ellington Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Texas.

The fighter jet reportedly caught on fire as it was taking off, leaving a massive plume of smoke on the runway. Authorities cordoned off a one-mile area in response. The pilot safely ejected and was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation.

“The aircraft, under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), was conducting a training flight,” the North American Aerospace Command said in a statement.


The fighter belonged to a detachment of the 138th Fighter Wing. NORAD did not provide details as to why the fighter caught fire, although the plane was reportedly on a training mission and was carrying ordnance.

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