An F-16 just crashed at Nellis Air Force Base — the 3rd US military crash in 2 days

  • A US Air Force F-16 has crashed outside of Las Vegas in the third aircraft crash in two days.
  • The status of the F-16's crew is unknown and emergency responders are at the scene.
  • On Tuesday, a Marine Corps helicopter crashed in California and a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed in east Africa.


A US Air Force F-16 assigned to Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada has crashed outside of Las Vegas in the third aircraft crash in two days.

The status of the F-16's crew is unknown and emergency responders are at the scene, the Air Force confirmed in a statement.

"As soon as additional details become available, they will be provided," an Air Force statement said. "The accident is under investigation."

The F-16 crashed around 10:30 a.m. during routine training.

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OHAKEA, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 25: A United States Air Force F-16 puts on a flying display at the 2017 Air Tattoo at RNZAF Base Ohakea on February 25, 2017 in Ohakea, New Zealand. The Royal New Zealand Air Force is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. (Photo by Kerry Marshall/Getty Images)
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AVALON, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: F-16C Fighting Falcons from the Republic of Singapore Air Force fly past each other as they perform at The Australian International Airshow on February 27, 2015 in Avalon, Australia. The Australian International Airshow 2015 pays tribute to Anzac and the heroes of military aviation. Also featured is the latest military heavy metal from Australia and overseas including super sonic jet fighters and attack helicopters. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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On Tuesday afternoon, a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crashed around El Centro, California, during a routine training mission. Four crew members aboard the helicopter were killed.

Additionally, a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed during a training exercise in Djibouti, east Africa on Tuesday. The pilot ejected and was being treated at a hospital.

Congress and the military have come under scrutiny amid the spate of aircraft crashes. Military leaders have long argued for an increased budget to combat a "readiness crisis" as foreign adversaries have gained momentum in other areas of the world.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, the Corps' deputy commandant for aviation, said in November that although pilot and aircraft readiness was steadily improving, the Corps was still dealing with the effects of "the minimum requirement for tactical proficiency."

"Newly winged aviators ... [are] the foundation of the future of aviation," a prepared statement from Rudder said, according to Military.com. "When I compare these 2017 'graduates' of their first fleet tour to the 2007 'class,' those pilots today have averaged 20% less flight hours over their three-year tour than the same group in 2007."

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