Military jet crash sets homes ablaze in California

Military jet crash in California. (Photo/KNSD, San Diego)
Military jet crash in California. (Photo/KNSD, San Diego)

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) – A military jet crashed on a residential street in a Southern California desert community Wednesday evening, setting two homes on fire, but the pilot ejected and there was no immediate word of any injuries.

Marine Corps Cpl. Melissa Lee says the pilot ejected safely and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. There’s no word on whether anyone on the ground was hurt.

Witnesses said two houses caught fire after the crash early Wednesday evening in Imperial, a city of about 15,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border about 90 miles east of San Diego.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns, a Marines spokesman, says the jet was a Harrier from Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, but he had no further details. Local police referred questions to the Marines, and fire and federal aviation officials did not immediately reply to messages.

It’s the second crash in a month of a Harrier jet from the Yuma air base.

On May 9, a pilot was able to eject safely before his jet crashed in a remote desert area near the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, south of Phoenix. The plane broke into fiery pieces, but no one was injured.

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