An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a warehouse near the March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California. Though 12 minor injuries were reported in the accident, fortunately no one was killed.
The pilot ejected just before impact and was taken to a hospital to be checked out but reported no major injuries. According to base spokesman Reggie Varner, F-16 had a hydraulic failure which led to the crash.
The pilot belongs to the 144th Fighter Wing of the California Air National Guard and the aircraft belongs to the South Dakota Air National Guard in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The jet crashed into the 500,000-square-foot warehouse operated by See Water, Inc., which builds products for various industries including HVAC and wastewater.
This is hardly the first time the F-16, one of the U.S. Military’s five kinds of fighter jets, has made headlines for inauspicious reasons.
In October, for example, a Belgian F-16 accidentally fired a Gatling gun and destroyed another F-16 on the ground; last month, a Dutch F-16 flew into its own gunfire; and a few years ago, an American F-16 crashed in a German forest.
But the famous single-engine fighter is not disappearing from skies anytime soon: The F-16 could be still be flying until at least 2050.
Popular Mechanics / ABC Flash Point News 2019.