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US combat jet crashes in Arizona

May 10, 2014, 8:12 UTC+3 LOS ANGELES
Pilot emerges unhurt
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LOS ANGELES, May 10, /ITAR-TASS/. A US Marine Corps pilot came unhurt after his military aircraft crashed on Friday afternoon in unpopulated area to the south of Phoenix, Arizona, local ABC15 television network reported.

According to ABC15, the crashed jet was AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Video from the crash scene showed smoldering parts of the aircraft lying in a deserted area.

The pilot was reported to be picked up by local police about two miles away from the crash scene. He was unhurt except a cut on his nose.

A 1.5-mile perimeter was set up around the crash site for safety reasons, ABC15 reported, adding that “the Department of Emergency Services is on the way to investigate and the FAA will also be involved in the investigation.”

According to different reports, the military aircraft crashed after an engine failure.

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