Thursday 18 December 2014

US fighter jet smashes into house in Southern California

Published 05/06/2014 | 08:49

A damaged house is seen at the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial, California June 4, 2014. The jet crashed in a Southern California desert town on Wednesday, damaging homes, according to military officials and local media. The AV-8B Harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, crashed at about 4:20 p.m. local time in Imperial, California, said Corporal Melissa Lee of the San-Diego based Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.    REUTERS/Sandy Huffaker (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY TRANSPORT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A damaged house is seen at the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial
First Lt. Jose Negrete speaks with residents at the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial, California
Marines head to the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial
Marines walk from the scene of a U.S. military jet crash in Imperial, California

No one was injured when a jet crashed in a residential area in a southern California desert community, a US Marine Corps spokesman said.

Despite the jet smashing into at least one house and setting at least two on fire in a row of tightly spaced homes in Imperial, First Lieutenant Jose Negrete said no one on the ground was hurt.

He said the pilot ejected safely and was taken to hospital only for evaluation.

The roof of the house that took the brunt of the crash was gone but the walls were still standing.

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