F-16 crashes in Arizona during night training

Arizona Air National Guard has confirmed a crash late Wednesday night. The pilot’s condition and identity have not been released.

FILE - In this May 15, 2015, file photo, a boneyard crew tows an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft prior to the preservation process after its arrival at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. Military officials confirm a single F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft crashed Wednesday night, June 24, 2015, about 5 miles east of Douglas Municipal Airport. The pilot with the 162nd Wing Arizona Air National Guard was the only person on board during the night training mission, according to an Arizona Air National Guard statement. The pilot's identity and condition is unknown at this time. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (MEDIA GENERAL) – Military officials have confirmed an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft crashed late Wednesday, June 24, 2015 near Douglas, Arizona.

According to a statement from the Arizona Air National Guard, the pilot was the only person on board during the night training mission. The pilot’s condition and identity are not known at this time.

Emergency crews received a call shortly after 8 p.m. when a woman said “there was an airplane on fire in her front yard,” according to Carol Capas, spokesperson for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.

The crash ruptured a gas line which sparked a large fire, hindering investigation teams’ access to the crash site. According to the Arizona Daily Star, multiple agencies are involved with the investigation. Those teams have set up a two-mile perimeter to preserve the crash site. Reports say parts of the aircraft were strewn across the area.

No civilian casualties have been reported.

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