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Pilot Survives Fighter Jet Crash During Training Mission Near Fresno

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A U.S. Air Force Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released)

A U.S. Air Force Block 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway/Released)

FRESNO (CBS/AP) — A California Air National Guard fighter jet crashed during a routine training mission but the pilot safely ejected.

The Guard said the Fresno-based F-16C went down Thursday afternoon about 100 miles east of Fresno.

The pilot was transported to a local military facility for an evaluation.

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Drudge didn’t identify the pilot but said the pilot is a member of the Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno.

He said the jet was flying between 12,000 and 15,000 feet when an in-flight emergency happened and the aircraft crashed in a remote area of Inyo County.

The cause was under investigation. No other details were immediately available.

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