According to the AP, the pilot had already safely ejected from the jet when it crashed into a desert neighborhood in Imperial, California. After parachuting to the ground, the pilot was hospitalized for observation.
According to reports, the jet crashed directly into one home, but two other houses on the narrow street soon caught fire as well. Neighboring residents were briefly evacuated.
Neighbors later compared the impact to an earthquake or a bomb going off.
[image via AP]