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No injuries after US military jet crashes into California residential area

A US military jet crashed in southern California yesterday and damaged two homes but remarkably left no one injured.

The pilot in the Marine aircraft ejected safely before the plane hit the ground and was taken to hospital before being released.

Homes were damaged in the crash. Credit: APTN

An AV-8B Harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, crashed at about 4.20pm local time in Imperial, California.

Eight homes were evacuated following the incident but no injuries were reported, a spokesperson for the Marine Corps Air Station said.

Black smoke was billowing into the sky after the incident. Credit: APTN

An investigation has been launched into the cause of the crash.

Patricia Roblas, a resident near the crash site, told NBC 7 San Diego she heard a "large explosion" which "felt like an earthquake".

I heard a large explosion, and it felt like an earthquake.

It was really scary. After they put the fires out, a few minutes later, we saw another huge fire so we didn’t know if there was an explosion because of gas or what.

– Patricia Roblas

Imperial is a city of around 16,000 people that is around 100 miles east of San Diego and only a few miles from the border with Mexico.

No one was injured in the crash. Credit: APTN

In May, an AV-8B harrier stationed at the same Yuma airbase crashed into a remote desert just outside of Phoenix, The Arizona Republic reported.