F-16 fighter jet crashes on training mission; pilot safe

SALINAS PEAK, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an F-16 fighter jet from an Air Force base in Arizona crashed while on a training mission in New Mexico, but the pilot safely ejected.

The Fighting Falcon went down about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday near Salinas Peak, some 45 miles northwest of Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Officials from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona, say emergency response teams found the pilot in good condition.

An Air Force team will investigate the cause of the crash. Officials say the pilot is from the New Mexico base and the F-16 was part of the 54th Fighter Group at the Arizona base.

Luke is making room for F-35 jets and shifting many F-16s to Holloman for training missions.

The name of the pilot wasn’t immediately released.

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