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.
UPDATE: F-16 stationed at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston crashed on take-off during training flight; pilot safely ejected. pic.twitter.com/hWnhFJMlBf
— ABC News (@ABC) June 21, 2017
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.
Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact email@example.com.