9/11 re-run …. F-16 jet crashes into California building
Los Angeles, May 17: In a frightening incident reminiscent of the 9/11 terror attacks, an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a building in California after its pilot was forced to eject.
According to media reports, the aircraft, which was returning to the March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley of California, developed technical problems and crashed through the roof of a warehouse building on Van Buren Boulevard just opposite the base.
A part of the I-215 highway in Riverside County, California, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, was shut down after the incident.
The highway was cleared of traffic as the fighter jet was thought to have been carrying live ammunition which would have caused even more damage had they exploded.
“The pilot was not hurt and there were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground,” Major Perry Covington, director of public affairs at the base, was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
The plane reportedly experienced hydraulics failure during a training exercise which led to the incident.
The incident is a reminder of the terror attack on September 11, 2001 when a group of militants from terrorist group Al Quaeda hijacked passenger aircraft and crashed them into several locations across the USA including the iconic twin towers of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.