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A4 JET CRASHES AFTER PILOT EJECTS: LIVE Military Press Conf

An aircraft has crashed in North Las Vegas between the Nellis Air Force base and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Clark County Fire Department reports.

Smoke was seen rising from the scene Thursday morning and officials at Nellis confirmed they are investigating an “aircraft incident.”

Police said they are giving assistance following a plane crash incident in the northeast valley.

The wreckage came down near Sloan Lane and Ann Road.

Nellis AFB officials confirmed a civilian contractor aircraft supporting 57th Wing operations came down near the base at 7.40 a.m. local time, KVVU reports.

The pilot sustained minor injuries in the accident and an investigation is under way.

There are reports that the plane was an A-4 Skyhawk. Introduced to US Navy service in 1956, the jet was retired in 2003.

Several of the aircraft, retired from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, were acquired by the Florida-based Draken International, a private contractor providing training jets for the US military.

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