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.
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.
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