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F-16 Fighter Jet Crashes near Joint Andrews Base

(CBSNews) An F-16 fighter jet crashed in an unpopulated area near Joint Base Andrews in Maryland Wednesday morning, authorities say.

The pilot ejected safely before the jet went down about six nautical miles southwest of National Harbor in Washington. The F-16 was operated by the D.C. National Guard and the pilot was on a training mission out of Joint Base Andrews, CBS News correspondent David Martin confirmed.

A spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire Department tells CBS News that crews were en route to the scene but were maintaining a safe distance due to the possibility of the presence of hazardous materials.

Joint Base Andrews, the home of Air Force One, is approximately two miles from the scene of the crash.

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