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F-16 fighter jet crashes into building in California; Pilot ejects safely

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Sacramento, May 17: A pilot ejected safely just minutes before an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a building at the end of a runway near March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley of California in the US on Thursday.

The crash took place about 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the air base in Riverside County, U.S. Air Force Maj. Perry Covington said.

F-16 fighter jet crashes into building in California; Pilot ejects safely

Major Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base, said that the pilot ejected before the crash on Thursday and was not hurt.

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The pilot managed to eject from the aircraft and was receiving medical treatment, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Twelve people who were inside the tilt-up building when it was struck were treated for injuries or exposure caused by debris, Cal Fire Capt. Fernando Herrera. They were also decontaminated with a water hose due to possible exposure to hazardous chemicals.

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