Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashes in Arizona

An F-16C from Luke Air Force Base has reportedly crashed near Lake Havasu, Arizona. (Courtesy photo via Air Force amn/nco/snco)

An Air Force fighter jet crash landed at the Lake Havasu City Airport Tuesday.

Air Force officials say the F-16C is assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base.

According to the Air Force press release, it diverted and attempted to land at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport at approximately 10:35 a.m. during a routine training flight.

During landing, the “aircraft departed the prepared surface” and the pilot ejected from the aircraft.  He is in good condition, and is being taken to Havasu Regional Medical Center, Luke officials said.

Lake Havasu Firefighters said they responded to the crash, confirming reports the pilot parachuted to the ground.

A popular Air Force (unofficial) Facebook page posted a photograph apparently showing a wrecked F-16 on the ground.  The aircraft appeared to have lost its cockpit during the crash.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information is released.

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