F-16 crashes

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IL Serge Pod #10.01.2002 20:32

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F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes in New Jersey
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Reuters) - A New Jersey Air National Guard F-16 fighter jet crashed near a training range in southern New Jersey on Thursday and the pilot ejected safely, suffering minor injuries, military officials said.

Spokesmen for the 177th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard in Atlantic City, New Jersey, said the F-16 C model crashed just after 10 a.m. EST, but it was not known what impact the aircraft made on the ground.

``He has been found, he's been recovered OK. He is on his way to the hospital to be checked out, minor injuries from ejection,'' said Col. John Dwyer of the 177th Fighter Wing.

Another spokesman, Ray Martyniuk, said the plane crashed in the sparsely populated area known as the Pine Barrens, near the Warren Grove weapons grade training range. A section of the Garden State Parkway, one of New Jersey's major motorways, was temporarily closed.

Martyniuk said the Atlantic City-based unit, but not this particular aircraft, had been involved in flying surveillance missions over the northeastern United States after the Sept. 11 hijacked plane attacks.

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