Pilot ditched plane in woods to miss nearby homes

Carla Harmon
April 6, 2017

A US F-16 crashed several miles outside Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday, an Air Force official told CNN.

The pilot, who was on a routine training mission, was able to eject from the jet assigned to the 113th Wing.

Local media reported that aircraft was an F-16. The fuselage of the plane and one wing were intact at the crash scene. Dotson said the pilot asked if the neighborhood was OK because he had live rounds on board. The military is the lead investigator of the incident.

Homes in the area were being evacuated after the crash, according to the Prince George's County Fire Department. There is concern of hazardous materials, he said.

The pilot, whose name was not released, is with the District of Columbia Air National Guard and was flying one of four fighter jets from Maryland to a shooting range in Pennsylvania for a training exercise when the crash happened.

The plane went down a few miles from Joint Base Andrews. Brady says the plane crashed about 200 yards from homes, but no injuries or damage was reported on the ground.

Kent Roberson was driving through a residential area nearby when the plane crashed.

The mother of a second grader in Phoenix, Arizona, said her child was humiliated when he came home from school with a stamp saying "lunch money" inked on his arm.

Brady said it is not clear what the aircraft crashed into.

"It went straight down", he said.

A homeowner who lives near a fighter jet crash site in a Washington suburb says the remains of the plane are in his backyard.

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