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Military fighter jet crashes into field outside Lemoore air base

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A U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jet flies over North Beach on the opening day of the Chicago Air and Water Show on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Chicago.

(Sitthixay Ditthavong / Associated Press)

An F-18 fighter jet crashed Monday afternoon into a field north of California 198 near Lemoore after the pilot ejected, the California Highway Patrol said.

CHP officers were dispatched to a dirt field near 27th Avenue and California 198 just after 4 p.m. after receiving reports of of a downed military aircraft, Officer Scott Jobinger said.

The first crews to arrived extinguished a fire from the crash but didn’t find the pilot, who had reportedly ejected before impact, Jobinger said.

The status of the pilot was not immediately known.

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Personnel from Naval Air Station Lemoore were at the crash site, Jobinger said.

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