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The Latest: Pilot OK after military weapons school exercise

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- The Latest on the fighter jet plane that crashed at Nellis Air Force Base (all times local):
10:15 a.m.
  
An official says a veteran pilot had just completed an exercise with a military weapons school at an Air Force base near Las Vegas when he ejected as the plane went down.
  
Draken International's Scott Poteet said Thursday that the pilot had just finished a combat training exercise that typically lasts about an hour and a half when he self-ejected as he was returning to Nellis Air Force Base.
  
The man who has more than two decades of fighter pilot experience was alone in a Skyhawk jet opposite Nellis' weapons school trainees early Thursday.
  
Draken pilots are civilian contractors who role-play with the trainees by pretending to be enemy pilots.
  
Poteet said the six-month weapons school is akin to "getting your Ph.D in flying."
  
The pilot was hospitalized with minor injuries.

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