An F-16 of the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing on a pior training mission at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. STAFF FILE PHOTO

F-16 crashed in Texas similar to Thunderbirds at Dayton Air Show

A pilot ejected from an F-16 that crashed on take-off during a training flight at a Texas airfield, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The crash caused the evacuation of Ellington Airport, where the Fighting Falcon jet was taking off, a nearby construction site and a golf course after the crash KHOU.com in Houston, Texas reported.

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The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a nearby medical facility, NORAD reported. The jet was assigned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard’s 138th Fighter Wing.

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The F-16 is also flown by the Air Force Thunderbirds, which flew into Dayton this week for the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing, based in Toledo, also flies the high-performance fighter jet.

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