F-16D crashes in Ohio; crew members eject safely
November 27, 1996
PIKETON, Ohio (CNN) -- An Air National Guard F-16D fighter jet crashed into a wooded hillside in southern Ohio Wednesday. The two crew members ejected safely and were taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation, authorities said.
There were no reports of injuries on the ground or news of structural damage to buildings in the area, officials said. The jet went down in a sparsely populated military range near Piketon.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known.
The two-seater plane was on a routine training mission when the plane crashed about 11:05 a.m. EST, said Maj. Jim Boling, a spokesman for the Ohio National Guard. The plane was assigned to the 178th Fighter Wing in Springfield, Ohio.
The two crew members, whose names have yet to be released, parachuted from the plane and were found walking near the crash site. They were then taken to Pike Community Hospital and reported to be in good condition. Nurse Joann Williams said the two men had sustained no apparent injuries.
The sheriff's department said the plane was carrying live ammunition and that people were being told to stay away from the crash site. Boling said there were no live weapons on the plane, however.
WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio said the military had sealed off the area of the crash.
The station reported that witnesses saw a trail of smoke coming from the plane before it went down. It was not known if the plane was burning.
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