An U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon flies towards Rimini, Italy to join with the Italian air force in a training mission. U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede/File Photo
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A military F16 has reportedly crashed into a commercial building near Van Buren and 215 Freeway in Riverside, Calif.
According to a Twitter post from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the pilot did eject from the aircraft and is currently being treated by emergency medical personal.
Update: May 16, 2019 8:08 p.m.
MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. — On May 16, at about 6:40 p.m. Pacific Standard Time an F-16 fighter aircraft assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls, SD, was conducting a training mission for North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and impacted the ground outside March Air Reserve Base in California.
According to a base official, the jet was experiencing hydraulic problems while landing.
The incident is currently under investigation.
According to Maj. Perry Covington, the base’s director of public affairs, the sole pilot on board ejected and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation. There were five reported injuries on the ground.
A board of qualified officers will investigate this mishap. Additional details will be provided as they become available.
When more information is available, the Mohave County Rattler will post it.
As always, when we know, you’ll know.