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Pilot safe after F-16 crashes in Maryland

By Andrew V. Pestano
An F-16 takes off from Aviano Air Base in Italy on June 4, 2014. A pilot sustained non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday after ejecting when his D.C. Air National Guard F-16C crashed in a wooded area in Clinton, Md. Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz/U.S. Air Force
An F-16 takes off from Aviano Air Base in Italy on June 4, 2014. A pilot sustained non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday after ejecting when his D.C. Air National Guard F-16C crashed in a wooded area in Clinton, Md. Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Lotz/U.S. Air Force

April 5 (UPI) -- Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday said a pilot ejected and sustained non-life-threatening injuries after a D.C. Air National Guard F-16C crashed in a wooded area in Clinton, Md.

Officials at Joint Base Andrews, located in Maryland, said the jet plane assigned to its 113th Wing crashed at about 9:15 a.m. approximately 6 miles southwest from the air base in the greater Washington, D.C., area. The plane was flying with other D.C. Air National Guard planes in a routine training mission.

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Prince George's County fire department spokesman Mark Brady said homes near the scene of the crash were evacuated as a precaution. He said the pilot who ejected was picked up by a military helicopter and taken to a hospital.

Brady said the pilot is being evaluated and is in good condition.

Local resident Kent Roberson told NBC News 4 Washington he was driving through a residential area nearby when the plane crashed.

"I just heard a loud boom, I guess ... like how a large tree falls and shakes the ground," Roberson said. "That's what it felt like and what I heard."

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Authorities sealed off the area near the crash site.

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