Hill Air Force Base officials said the jet was assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing, and crashed in the Utah Test and Training Range about 50 -60 miles West of Hill Air Force Base. The crash occured at approximately 8:35 a.m. Friday. The pilot was in the middle of a war time training exercise when the F-16 had catastrophic engine failure.
At the time of the crash, officials said the the pilot successfully ejected and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. ABC is told the pilot wasn't hurt.
Officials said "We are very blessed today that the pilot walked to the helicopter and he's fine."
Officials said that emergency response teams from Hill Air Force Base were responding to the accident, and that a board of officers will investigate the accident. It may take 60 -90 days before officials know what caused the crash. ABC 4 is told the last time a plane at Hill Air Force Base had catastrophic engine failure was back in 2009.
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