F-16 fighter jet crashes at base outside Vegas

Fighting Falcon taking off from Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Airman 1st Class Andrew Sarver  U.S. Air Force

According to NBC News, citing a U.S. Air Force spokesman, an "F-16 fighter jet has crashed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada".

The status of the pilot, or pilots, was not immediately clear.

It is understood that the aircraft plummeted during a "routine" training drill and the pilot's condition was "unknown". The cause of the accident was under investigation, the news release said.

The incident is the latest of several aviation mishaps in the last 48 hours.

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Also Tuesday, a Marine Harrier jet crashed during takeoff from an airport in Djibouti.

The F-16 is a single seat plane.

"Emergency responders are on the scene", the Air Force said, adding that more information would be revealed when it becomes available. The pilot was able to eject and was being treated for injuries, officials told Military.com.

On the same day, a Marine Corps CH-53E helicopter crashed during exercises along the US-Mexico border in California, killing four crew members.

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