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Pilot OK after Calif. Air Guard F-16C crash

Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:45AM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 28, 2012 - 07:45AM  |  
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FRESNO, Calif. A California Air National Guard fighter jet crashed Thursday during a routine training mission, but the pilot safely ejected.

The Fresno-based F-16C went down Thursday afternoon about 100 miles east of Fresno, Guard officials said.

The pilot was transported to a local military facility for an evaluation,">according to The Fresno Bee.

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Drudge didn't identify the pilot but said the pilot is a member of the Guard's 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno.

Drudge said the jet was flying between 12,000 and 15,000 feet when an in-flight emergency happened and the aircraft crashed in a remote area of Inyo County.

The crash is under investigation. No other details were immediately available.

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