F-16 jet crashes at Nellis Air Force Base outside Las Vegas, officials say

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An Air Force F-16 jet crashed Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, defense officials told Fox News.

The status of the pilot, or pilots, was not immediately clear.

In a statement, the Air Force said, “Emergency responders are on the scene. As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided. The accident is under investigation.”

The jet crashed around 10:30 a.m. during routine training at Nevada Test and Training Range, officials said.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 24th Tactical Air Support Squadron takes off from Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Feb. 27, 2018. The 24th TASS will fly the F-16 and focus on overcoming air-to-ground adversaries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

An Air Force F-16 jet crashed Wednesday at Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas, defense officials told Fox News.

 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver)

The incident marks the third crash of a U.S. military aircraft since Tuesday, when a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed during exercises along the U.S.-Mexico border in California, killing four crew members.

Also on Tuesday, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed in the East African nation of Djibouti during a training exercise. The pilot ejected and is currently in “stable condition.”

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in an interview Wednesday he doesn’t want to see the Trump administration “rob” the Pentagon of critical readiness dollars needed to fix military aircraft in order fund additional border security.

“I fully support doing more at the border, but we don’t need to rob the military,” Thornberry said.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

Lucas Tomlinson is the Pentagon and State Department producer for Fox News Channel. You can follow him on Twitter: @LucasFoxNews





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