Published: Thu, June 22, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

F-16 jet catches fire at Houston airport; pilot ejects

F-16 jet catches fire at Houston airport; pilot ejects

A pilot suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning while ejecting from an F-16 Fighting Falcon jet that crashed during takeoff at southeast Houston's Ellington Airport. The plane and pilot were on a training mission attached to Operation Noble Eagle, which was established after September 11th to create an air defense shield for the U.S. The Houston Fire Department was call to the scene to assist with the incident. He has been taken to the hospital.

According to the Houston Airport System, Ellington Airport - previously known as Ellington Field - supports various operations of the USA military along with NASA and some private aviation tenants.

Further details weren't immediately available Wednesday.

The fighter jet reportedly caught on fire as it was taking off, leaving a massive plume of smoke on the runway. Military officials said the F-16 is assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing unit of the Oklahoma Air National Guard.

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The aircraft was armed and the base was evacuated as a precaution, according to KPRC.

The crash occurred at around 10:30 a.m.

According to a written statement from NORAD, the pilot safely ejected and was being evaluated at a local medical facility.

Ellington Airport and the surrounding area were shut down and off-limits for more than six hours after an F-16 crashed after take off.

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