F-16 crashes near Key West


Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:58 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 6:58 a.m.

KEY WEST, Fla. - An F-16 fighter plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday evening during a routine training mission, a spokesman for Homestead Air Reserve Base said.

The plane went into waters west of Key West at about 7:30 p.m., said spokesman Tim Norton. The plane's pilot, whose name has not been released, ejected from the aircraft and was picked up by a Navy helicopter.

Norton said the pilot was taken to a Key West hospital and was released hours later.

The pilot is assigned to the 482nd Fighter Wing, based in Homestead, Norton said.

Authorities are investigating the crash.

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