Officials give update on California crash involving Sioux Falls F-16

Local News

A story making national headlines this evening involves an F-16 jet from KELOLAND. 

On Thursday an F-16 assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing in Sioux Falls crashed into a warehouse in southern California.

The F-16 was being used for a training mission for NORAD. 

It put a big hole in the roof of a warehouse just outside of the March Air Reserve Base. 

Jeff Schoffstall witnessed the aftermath. 

“All of a sudden all the warehouse workers were coming running towards me and they’re screaming,” Schoffstall said. 

Several people were injured but they’re all expected to be okay. 

The pilot ejected safely and is reported to be in good condition. 

Authorities have confirmed the pilot was based out of March Air Reserve Base. 

The crash caused evacuations and shut down roads. 

“Anytime you’re dealing with an aircraft incident, there are potential dangers and that’s why we’re working very closely with our first responders to make sure that we do secure the area,” 452nd Air Mobility Wing Vice Commander Col. Thomas McNamara said. 

McNamara says the F-16 was carrying a standard armament package, but isn’t providing specifics on what kind of weapons or equipment they were. 

KELOLAND News reached out to the South Dakota Air National Guard about this crash, but we were told to contact authorities in California. 

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