The harrier jet from the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona, crashed about 4:20 p.m. local time in Imperial, California, said Corporal Melissa Lee of the San-Diego based Miramar Air Station.
Local authorities could not confirm whether anyone on the ground was injured in the crash. The pilot ejected safely and was transported to a hospital for evaluation, Lee said.
She said that civilian homes were damaged by the crash, adding an investigation was being conducted to uncover the cause of the crash. Local television reports showed images of a house engulfed in flames.
Imperial is about 100 miles (160 km) east of San Diego.