Plane crash

Various crew members from Vance Air Force base prepare to go into the area where a training jet crashed in rural Woodward County on Friday afternoon. The pilot ejected safely. Story on page 2. (Photo by Johnny McMahan)

A Vance Air Force base pilot was not injured when he had to eject from his plane Friday afternoon, said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The crash happened around 1:45 p.m. in rural Woodward County near the intersection of county roads 223 and 51 in the Mutual-Chester area.

The pilot was in a T-38 Talon training jet and had sudden engine trouble, the OHP said. He was unable to restart the engine and had to eject around 2,000 feet.

The pilot was treated and released at the scene by the Woodward County EMS.

Vance Air Force Base had a number of crews on scene by 4 p.m., including security, fire, recovery and more. The OHP also was bringing in a helicopter to help search for the parachute and ejection seat.

The highway patrol and Woodward fire department was also on the scene during the day. Several area departments also assisted.

Vance Air Force Base had not released any statement by 6 p.m.

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