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6.5.03

Officials: crew members unharmed after crash

Military officials say neither of the two pilots who ejected before their F-15E Strike Eagle crashed today in Johnston County was injured. Initial reports said one of the pilots suffered leg and other injuries. But a spokesman from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base says neither pilot was injured at all.

Officials say the fighter jet was on a training exercise when it went down in a wooded area about 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say both crew members aboard ejected safely and no one on the ground was hurt.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell says the aircraft hit the ground and caught fire. Officials say there did not appear to be any danger from fumes to the public. Witnesses say the jet spiraled to the ground. The aircraft was assigned to the base's Fourth Fighter Wing. The Air Force base is in Goldsboro, about 60 miles southeast of Raleigh.

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