DOUGLAS, Ariz. – Military officials say an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft crashed in southern Arizona, but no information on the pilot’s condition was released.
An Arizona Air National Guard statement says the pilot flying with the 162nd Wing Arizona Air National Guard was the only person aboard when the plane went down during a Wednesday night training mission.
Further details about the pilot weren’t released early Thursday, but rescuers were sent to the crash site 5 miles east of Douglas Municipal Airport.
Cochise County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas tells the Arizona Daily Star that the plane ruptured a gas line and sparked a fire. Once the flames are extinguished, officials will assess the damage.
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Capas tells the Associated Press that the crash started a grass fire that covered about 400 yards.