Arizona Fighter Jet Crashes
Published: June 25, 2015
Arizona Fighter Jet Crashes, An F-16 fighter jet crashed into a southern Arizona canyon and burst into flames near gasoline lines Wednesday night, officials said.
The pilot of the downed jet, who is with the 162nd Wing Arizona Air National Guard, was the only person inside, the Guard said in a statement. He was flying solo on a night training mission when it crashed about 8 p.m. outside of Douglas.
His identity and condition haven’t been released.
Some families who lives close to the crash site had to be evacuated as a fire from the jet spread nearly half a mile, coming close to high-pressure gas lines in the area.
Fire measures half a mile long, according to Sheriff’s Office. This is their pic, b/c we can’t get that close pic.twitter.com/6VHNRxkagV
— Craig Reck (@CraigReckNews) June 25, 2015
As of early Tuesday, local, state and federal authorities have kept a two-mile area around the crash closed as a hazmat team investigates the scene, Cochise County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Carol Capas told the Daily News. The entire fire has been contained except for the jet’s fuselage, she said.
Capas said this is the first fighter jet crash in the region in at least several years.
F-16 Airplane crash outside of Douglas! Big explosions and fire pic.twitter.com/CJ3gyYTTMl
— Angel Ortega (@or12tega) June 25, 2015
Witness Raymond Candell told KOLD he saw a fireball explosions after the crash that lit up the evening sky as if were daytime.
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