N.J. parkway crippled after military plane crash

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LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. — One of the F-16 fighters of the New Jersey-based Air National Guard crashed this morning and so far there are no reports of injury.

The primary victim appears to be the Garden State Parkway, which saw traffic snarl after the 10:45 a.m. accident scattered debris along the busy north-south route this morning.

The pilot, based at the 177th Fighter Wing at Pomona, may have ejected from the aircraft, officials say.

“Somebody did have confirmation that they did see the parachute,” reports Zoe Natasha, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey National Guard. The unit has been flying cover missions over major U.S. cities since the Sept. 11 attacks. But Col. John Dwyer of the Air National Guard confirms the plane was on a training mission.

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