Air Force: Pilot safe after F-16 crashes in Maryland

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 5, 2017 10:11 AM

FILE PHOTO: A D.C. Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet is shown on the ramp at Andrew Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson)

(Clinton, Md.) -- The Air Force says a pilot is safe after an F-16 crashed in Maryland.  

The Air Force says the pilot was on a training mission in an F-16 from the Joint Base Andrews-based 113th Wing.

The pilot ejected and is safe.

The plane went down a few miles from Joint Base Andrews. 

Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady tells WRC-TV that one pilot parachuted out of the aircraft and was picked up by a military helicopter.

He says the pilot was found in the same general area as the plane.  

Brady says homes in the area are being evacuated. He says there are no other reports of injuries and didn't know whether anything on the ground was hit.  

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