Armed Fighter Jet Crashes into California Warehouse

Cheryl Kahla
May 16, 2019
11:51 P.M.

An armed Air Force F-16 fighter jet returning to the March Air Reserve Base crashed into the side of a commercial building in Riverside California on Thursday.


No one was injured as the aircraft crashed into the structure off-base in Riverside, according to the deputy fire chief at the Air Force Civilian Service, Timothy Holliday.

Major Perry Covington confirmed that the pilot safely ejected from the plane while still on the base. Details of his injuries or whether the jet carried dangerous materials is not yet clear.

The live-stream footage shared by KABC shows what appears to be a large hole in the roof of the warehouse situated between Harley Knox Boulevard and Cactus Avenue.


Motorists and residents are asked to steer clear of the area until the situation has been assessed, and their safety can be assured.

Photos from inside the warehouse were shared online and with the media by Jeff Schoffstall, the owner of the warehouse.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department confirmed that emergency services are on site and that the pilot is being medically evaluated.

The Inland CHP added that a full freeway closure is in effect, northbound and southbound between Harley Knox and Cactus Avenues.

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