Neighborhood Set Ablaze When Military Jet Crashes

Families describe the horror after several homes go up in flames.
1:57 | 06/05/14

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The California suburb where a military plane came crashing down. Several homes on fire. All of it as families watched. Some members trapped inside the homes. We'll hear what happened and the cell phone video of the pilot saved. ABC outside San Diego tonight. Reporter: The panic in this California neighborhood after a fiery crash. The entire block evacuated. Airplane crashed on the block. Reporter: A fighter jet destroying two homes and severely damaging another. He was flying slow. Reporter: The pilot ejecting safely. You can see him still attached to his parachute as residents rushed to help. Marina escaped one of the homes that caught fire. My husband was trapped. We didn't know how to get out. There was pieces of jet and fire all over the house. At that moment I didn't know what his us. Reporter: The fighter jet took off from the air station in Arizona. On a routine training mission when something went wrong 64 miles away in the desert town of California. Pulling that handle and being rocketed sky ward and only to be having to watch that airplane that you just left as it impacts a residential area, it is every ejection seat capable pilot's worst nightmare. Reporter: Airplane debris scattered next to the crash site. Released, Steve nix served in the air force 20 years. We got super lucky. Really lucky this time. Tonight investigators are here trying to figure out why the plane went down. They'll get important information from the pilot who has been released from the hospital with only minor injuries.

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