Military jet crashes in California neighborhood

IMPERIAL, Calif. (AP) - A military jet crashed on a residential street in a Southern California desert community Wednesday evening, setting two homes on fire. The military said the pilot ejected, and there was no immediate word of any injuries.

Marine Corps Cpl. Melissa Lee says the pilot ejected safely and was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Witnesses said two houses caught fire after the crash early Wednesday evening in Imperial, a city of about 15,000 people near the U.S.-Mexico border about 90 miles east of San Diego.

Pictures posted on social media showed at least one home in flames. There was no immediate word on whether anyone on the ground was hurt.

Lance Cpl. Christopher Johns, a Marines spokesman, says the jet was an AV-8B Harrier "jump jet" from Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, but he had no further details. Local police referred questions to the Marines, and fire and federal aviation officials did not immediately reply to messages.

It's the second crash in a month of a Harrier jet from the Yuma air base.

On May 9, a pilot was able to eject safely before his jet crashed in a remote desert area near the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, south of Phoenix. The plane broke into fiery pieces, but no one was injured.

The Harrier jet is capable of short or vertical takeoffs and landings.


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