F-16 Crashes During Training Near Holloman Air Force Base; Pilot Ejects

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FILE PHOTO -- This photo taken Aug. 17, 2017 and provided by the U.S. Air Force, shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon ready for take-off in preparation to perform a final joint flying mission at Holloman Air Force Base. (Stacy Jonsgaard/U.S. Air Force via AP) -- The Associated Press

An F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed during a routine training flight Tuesday night near Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, according to the Air Force.

The pilot was able to eject from the aircraft and is being treated at a local hospital, base officials said in a news release. The F-16, assigned to the 49th Wing, went down at around 7:16 p.m. just 80 miles southeast of the base.

Emergency services responded to the scene. The cause is under investigation.

While the base has housed MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft since 2009, Holloman has some F-16s for pilot training.

Related: Air Force F-16 Crashes in Germany; Pilot Escapes with Minor Injuries

Earlier this month, an F-16 assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base crashed in Germany. The pilot was able to eject and was rescued with minor injuries.

Spangdahlem's 52nd Fighter Wing temporarily paused flying operations following the crash and ended a flight exercise two days early.

-- Oriana Pawlyk can be reached at oriana.pawlyk@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Oriana0214.

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