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In pictures: San Diego jet crash

Fire caused by the crash in San Diego

A US military F-18 fighter jet has crashed in a residential area of San Diego, killing three people on the ground.

Smoke billows from the crash site

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the pilot ejected as he unsuccessfully tried to land the plane at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, about two miles (3.2km) away.

The parachute of the jet's pilot, caught in the tree of a nearby home

Witnesses said the pilot had landed in a tree close to the crash site. He was later taken to a naval hospital with injuries, officials said.

Local resident attempts to fight the fire with a hose

One witness, who was visiting the area, said the jet had "spiralled out of control, just like out of Top Gun" before coming down.

Firefighters walk towards the scene of the crash

Dozens of firefighters battled to extinguish flames amid the charred wreckage of two homes.

Residents cover the faces so they don't inhale the smoke

The smoke was so thick that it made it difficult to breathe, prompting some homeowners to leave the area.

Aerial view of the San Diego neighborhood where the jet crashed

California residents have voiced concerns in the past about military flights over residential areas.

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