Military jet crashes in California neighborhood

Fiery military jet crash destroys homes
Fiery military jet crash destroys homes


    Fiery military jet crash destroys homes


Fiery military jet crash destroys homes 01:35

Story highlights

  • Harrier had no missiles when it crashed Wednesday afternoon
  • Pilot was on a training flight
  • Cause of the accident has not been determined

A Marines jet on a training flight crashed Wednesday afternoon in a neighborhood in Imperial, California, the military service said in a statement.

Two homes were destroyed, one was severely damaged and eight were evacuated -- but there were no reports of civilian injuries, officials said. Authorities told five families late Wednesday they could return to their homes.

The pilot, who took off in an AV-8B Harrier with no missiles from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, ejected safely and suffered only minor injuries, the Marines said. He was treated and released from a hospital.

The jet crashed about 4:20 p.m. PT in Imperial, about 115 miles east of San Diego.

Authorities are investigating the cause. The Marines sent a special team to clean up fuel and other hazardous materials.

"I heard like a pop and a whistle. And right when I looked up is when I saw the pilot eject," Shaun Penniman told CNN affiliate KGTV.

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