March 22, 1996 in Nation/World

Fighter Jet Crashes After Pilot Ejects

Compiled From Wire Services

A fighter pilot ejected from his F-15C jet moments before it crashed in a ball of flames during aerial war games Thursday at Nellis Air Force Base. Capt. Michael R. Fontaine was hospitalized in stable condition, a base spokeswoman said.

His $26 million plane was destroyed at the end of the runway. A plume of black smoke could be seen throughout Las Vegas Valley.

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