F-16 that hit California warehouse was armed

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 9:31 PM CDT
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Authorities say an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into a Southern California warehouse was armed but they wouldn't provide details of the weaponry.

Col. Thomas McNamara of March Air Reserve Base said at a news conference Friday that the plane was carrying a "standard armament" package. He says the weapons have been recovered from the jet and were safely destroyed. KABC-TV video shows the ordnance blowing up in huge clouds of dirt after being buried in trenches at March Air Reserve Base.

A miles-long stretch of Interstate 215 was reopened and evacuations were canceled for most nearby businesses after the armaments were disposed of.

Authorities have said that the F-16 was on training maneuvers when it developed hydraulic problems on Thursday. The pilot ejected safely and is said to be in stable condition. Authorities say there were no major injuries. Three trauma patients remain hospitalized and 10 others have been released.

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