During a routine training exercise, an US Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jet crashed in Florida. The Air Force confirmed the news in a statement.
The pilot in the F-22 ejected from the aircraft in time and is safe according to the Air Force. The pilot, unnamed in the Air Force’s statement, is currently under observation at the 96th Medical Group hospital on the Eglin Air Force Base.
The F-22 was part of the 325th Fighter Wing. Furthermore, it was assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron as well and based in the Eglin Air Force Base.
Where Did the Air Force F-22 Crash?
The F-22 crashed 12 miles northeast of the Eglin base. The statement from the Air Force said there wasn’t any loss of life or public property.
First responders came from the 96th Test Wing. The crash site was secured. The statement further explained that the mission was a routine training exercise. A board of officers are later going to conduct an investigation into the incident.
The crash took place at 9:15 am. The F-22 was going though a joint training exercise along with the 33rd Fighter Wing according to the Air Force Statement.
Generally considered one of the best fighter jets in the world, there are only 183 F-22s currently in the Air Force’s inventory. Each aircraft costs $143M. The Pentagon discontinued the production of F-22 jets in 2011 and started focusing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
During Hurricane Michael in 2018, many F-22s got damaged at the Tyndall Air Force Base. This is why many F-22 jets were moved from the Tyndall Air Force Base to Eglin. The low inventory of F-22 jets will likely have a significant impact on military inventory planning in the future. Right now, it will be crucial for the Air Force to find the reason for the crash.
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