Military Jet Crashes in San Diego Neighborhood

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(CNN) -- A military jet crashed into a residential neighborhood in San Diego, California, on Monday as its pilot tried to land at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

The pilot ejected before the jet, an F/A-18, went down two miles from the airfield about 11:55 a.m. PT, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said.

Information about injuries wasn't immediately available, Gregor said. CNN affiliate KGTV reported that the pilot was transported to a local hospital in "mild status."

Aerial video broadcast by KGTV shortly after the crash showed thick gray smoke billowing from what appeared to be a heavily populated residential area of several houses near Interstate 805.

Smoke continued to rise in clouds from the site nearly an hour after the crash.

Firefighters aimed jets of water from high-pressure hoses at the smoldering rubble of what appeared to be at least one house.

Authorities cordoned off the area. Residents told reporters they had been informed by police that chemicals were in the air and they should stay away.