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A pilot flying an F/A-18 at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar crashed shortly after noon, our news partner NBC 7/39 is reporting.

The pilot ejected before impact and has been located in a canyon on the base, San Diego Fire Department Spokesman Maurice Luque told NBC 7/39. The pilot’s condition was not immediately known.

The plane went down on the eastern part of the base in what was formerly Camp Elliot, Luque told the station. It started a grass fire that burned several acres. Helicopter video showed that several fire crews were fighting the fire from the ground and helicopters were dropping water on the area.

Click here for NBC’s coverage.

ROB DAVIS

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