BREAKING: Military F-16 crashes near Andrews Air Force Base

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A military fighter jet crashed around 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, shortly after it left Joint Base Andrews, according to Fox News.

US Air Force officials say the crash happened about six miles southwest of the base in Maryland. The F-16 from the D.C. Air National Guard was flying alongside a second jet on a “routine training mission” around the greater Washington area, officials said.

“The pilot ejected safely in an unpopulated area. More information will be provided as it’s available,” a US Air Force official told Fox News.

According to Prince George’s County Fire Department, one pilot parachuted out of the aircraft and was then picked up by a military helicopter. Fire department spokesman Mark Brady told WRC-TV that the pilot landed in the same area as the plane.

“It was the biggest fireball I’ve ever seen in my life,” Patrick Dotson, a witness told FOX.

Dotson said the pilot stood up after he landed and asked him if the neighborhood was okay because there were live rounds on the plane.

Fire officials said homes in the area are being evacuated, but no other injuries have been reported.

H/T: Fox News

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