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F-16 Catches Fire at Houston Airport; Pilot Ejects

A U.S. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 138th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, awaits a sunrise, Feb. 1, 2017, at Ellington Field, TX. (U.S. Air National Guard/Tech. Sgt. Drew A. Egnoske)
A U.S. Air National Guard F-16 Fighting Falcon, from the 138th Fighter Wing Detachment 1, awaits a sunrise, Feb. 1, 2017, at Ellington Field, TX. (U.S. Air National Guard/Tech. Sgt. Drew A. Egnoske)

HOUSTON — Officials say an F-16 fighter jet caught fire while attempting to take off at Ellington Airport in Houston and the pilot ejected.

The Houston Fire Department says in a statement that crews were dispatched to assist with a "downed plane" late Wednesday morning. The statement says the F-16 was on fire on the ground after the pilot ejected.

The pilot was transported to a hospital. Officials had no immediate information on the extent of the pilot's injuries or further details on what caused the accident at Ellington Airport, which is home to a Texas Air National Guard base.

Airport spokesman Bill Begley says the incident happened as the jet was taking off.

Further details weren't immediately available Wednesday.

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