F16 crashes near Washington DC

An Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning near Washington, D.C., an official said.

The pilot was on a training mission from the Joint Base Andrews-based 113th Wing. Officials say the pilot ejected and is safe. The plane went down a few miles from Joint Base Andrews.

Homes near the scene are being evacuated as a precaution due to the possibility of hazardous materials.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

It is not clear if the jet was taking off or landing.

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