Pilot Safely Ejects After F-16 Crashes at Nellis - 8 News NOW

Dayna Roselli, Reporter

Pilot Safely Ejects After F-16 Crashes at Nellis

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An Air Force pilot was able to safely eject moments before his F-16 crashed just short of the runway at Nellis Air Force Base.

The aircraft was assigned to the 16th Weapons Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School based at Nellis.

The crash occurred about 8:34 a.m. The jet was on its way to Florida for missiles training. Shortly after take off the pilot realized -- something was wrong. Little is left of $19 million F-16. It crashed short of the runway trying to get back to the base.

The pilot, an instructor at the Nellis, realized he wasn't going to make it and needed to eject. He landed safely on the ground but the jet crashed.

An eyewitness who works nearby but wants to remain anonymous tells what he saw. "Basically two planes were landing and one hit the dirt and the other took off."

A safety board of officers will investigate today's accident. The crash will not affect operations at Nellis. The F-16 that crashed has been flying since 1992. The instructor has been at Nellis for six months.

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