US military fighter jet crashes in New Mexico, pilot safe

November 26, 2015 01:44


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PHOENIX - A US Air Force fighter jet crashed in New Mexico during a routine training mission on Wednesday but the pilot was able to eject safely, military officials said.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon went down in a remote, rugged area northwest of Salinas Peak, near the city of Truth or Consequences, at about 8:45 a.m. after taking off from Holloman Air Force Base, the officials said.

The $25 million jet was not carrying any live ordnance at the time, the officials said, and no one on the ground was hurt.

The pilot was in good condition when he was found by an emergency response team and was taken to a local medical facility for evaluation, said Holloman spokesman Arlan Ponder.

He was identified only as a first lieutenant assigned to the 314th Fighter Squadron.

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