**Military Jet Crashes** Into Residential Area in CALIFORNIA == near the MEXICAN BORDER

The crash occurred around 4:20 p.m. at Cross Road and Fonzie Avenue in Imperial (https://goo.gl/maps/ztsXu), California Highway Patrol officials said

Photos taken by residents showed at least one home on fire.

According to a tweet from https://twitter.com/MCASMiramarCA/status/474349031909384193 in San Diego, the aircraft was an AV-8B Harrier Jet stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

The pilot ejected safely and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation, according to a statement from Maj. Carl Benjamin Redding Jr. with MCAS Miramar Public Affairs. There was no immediate information released on possible casualties on the ground.

An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash, Redding said.

The Harrier was the first Marine aircraft capable of vertical takeoff and landings, according to the U.S. www.marines.com/operating-forces/equipment/aircraft/av-8b-ha. The jet is able to “hover like a helicopter, and then blast forward like a jet at near-supersonic speeds,” the website said.

The city of Imperial is home to nearly 16,000 residents and is located 90 miles east of San Diego.