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F-16 fighter jet crashes into California warehouse

An F-16 fighter jet being flown in routine training exercises crashed into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in Southern California on Thursday, the pilot ejected and five people on the ground were reported injured.

The fighter jet was assigned to the 114th Fighter Wing, Souix Falls, South Dakota and was conducting a training mission for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The hole on roof of the California warehouse after the tragedy

The crash ignited a small fire, and a photo of the accident scene posted on local television station showed a gaping hole in the roof of a large gray building. The warplane  slammed into a warehouse at the end of the base runway.

The installation is home to 2,000 and 6,000 Air Force reservists and other personnel on base at any given time.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a combined organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for Northern America.

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