Photo: Nacho Anazawa/18th Wing Public Affairs
Photo: Nacho Anazawa/18th Wing Public Affairs

F-16 jet crashes on takeoff from Houston airport; pilot ejects

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The pilot, who was not identified, was being evaluated at a hospital after the crash around 10:30 a.m. local time, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The pilot was conducting a training flight as part of a detachment of the 138th Fighter Wing, stationed at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, according to NORAD.

The Houston Fire Department said the crash prompted officials to evacuate people within a 4,000-square-foot radius of Ellington Airport. The evacuation was expected to last about six hours.

A spokesman for the Texas Air National Guard 147th Reconnaissance Wing told KPRC that the F-16 had ammunition on board when it crashed.

Officials with the 147th Attack Wing told Houston officials that no residents were in danger due to the crash.

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