UPDATE: F-16 that hit California warehouse was armed


Source: KABC7

Authorities say an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into a Southern California warehouse was armed but they wouldn't provide details of the weaponry.

Col. Thomas McNamara of March Air Reserve Base said at a news conference Friday that the plane was carrying a "standard armament" package.

He says the weapons have been recovered from the jet that crashed near the base Thursday during training.

The pilot ejected safely and is said to be in stable condition.

Authorities say there were no major injuries. Three trauma patients remain hospitalized and 10 others have been released.

A large area around the warehouse remains evacuated and nearby Interstate 215 has been closed until the armaments are disposed of, perhaps later Friday.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. Friday

Authorities say the man piloting a Sioux Falls-based F-16 that crashed in California is in good condition.

The Air Force and several local law enforcement agencies held a media briefing about the crash Friday morning.

Very other few details about the crash were released during the briefing. An Air Force colonel declined to say if any live ordnance were among the wreckage.

The pilot is from a Fresno, Calif.-based Air National Guard Unit, but the aircraft belongs to the 114th Air National Guard unit based in Sioux Falls. The United States Air Force Reserve said in a press release that the plane was conducting a training mission at the time.

No fatalities were reported. At least 12 people on the ground were treated at a hospital, but authorities say they do not believe any of the injuries were major.

The cause of the crash has not been released. The Air Force is still investigating.

Original story:

The Air Force is investigating after a Sioux Falls-based F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse in California.

According to KABC in Los Angeles, an F-16 from the Sioux Falls Air National Guard crashed in Riverside County.

The pilot, who was the only occupant of the fighter jet, was able to eject before the crash and parachuted safely a short distance away.

The jet crashed into a warehouse near the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County in Southern California. It started a temporary fire Thursday afternoon.

According to Captain Fernando Herrera with Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department, 12 people were treated and hosed down for exposure to debris from the plane crash before being transported. No major injuries were reported in the incident though.

The United States Air Force Reserve said in a press release that the plane was conducting a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command at the time. An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

The pilot is part of the 144th Fighter Wing, an Air National Guard unit based in Fresno. The aircraft belongs to the South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls. It is still unclear why the Sioux Falls-based fighter was being used in the mission.