Luke AFB F-16 crashes, pilots safely eject

An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron crashed here shortly before 7 p.m. in a field just west of the base. There were two pilots on board. Both safely ejected and have been recovered. Neither pilot was injured.

The aircraft went down in a field adjacent to the base, and no damage to structures or private property has been reported.

At the time of the incident, the pilots were conducting a routine training mission. Air Force officials will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Police and fire departments from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and surrounding communities responded.

"The first responders were outstanding," said Brig. Gen. Michael Rothstein, the 56th Fighter Wing commander. "An incident like this highlights the close cooperation between our Fire and Emergency Services and their counterparts in the surrounding community."

Source: US Air Force
Date: Jun 28, 2013