Fighter jet crashes in California's Imperial Valley

IMPERIAL, Calif. - A military aircraft crashed in a residential area in the Imperial Valley, about 90 miles east of San Diego, Wednesday afternoon.

"I was pretty close to it," said witness Shaun Penniman, who was out running with his dog when the aircraft went down. "I heard like a pop and a whistle. And right when I looked up is when I saw the pilot eject."

According to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, the aircraft was a Third Marine Aircraft Wing AV-8B Harrier that was stationed out of Yuma. The plane went down around 4:20 p.m.

Miramar officials said the pilot ejected and landed safely, but the plane did hit homes and there is no word yet on whether anyone on the ground was injured. Local authorities are on the scene assessing what happened.

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