An F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed into a warehouse just west of March Air Reserve Base on Thursday, apparently while taking off from the airfield, but the pilot managed to eject before his plane went down.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone on the ground was injured.
The crash was reported about 3:45 p.m. on Opportunity Way, near Meridian Parkway, in the Arnold Heights neighborhood just off of Interstate 215, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The F-16 pancaked onto the roof of the building, according to reports from the scene. A battalion chief feared that the jet was loaded with ordnance, prompting a hazardous materials response by the fire department and March Air Reserve Base personnel.
The California Highway Patrol shut down Interstate 215 at the location for public safety.
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