F-16 crashes while taking off from Houston airbase

HOUSTON, Texas – A F-16 fighter jet caught fire while taking off at Ellington Airport on Wednesday.

Crews responded to the scene around 10:45 a.m.

A pilot was ejected from the plane and was taken to the hospital, according to Houston Fire Department. The pilot is said to have minor injuries.

Officials say the evacuation at Ellington Field covers a 4,000 square foot radius from the crash site and will last for the next six hours.

There is no threat to any residents.