US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The US Air Force F-22 fighter crashed on Friday 19 km from the Eglin Air Base in Florida, the pilot was able to eject. This was reported in a statement by the command of the base, posted on its website.
“F-22, assigned to the 43rd fighter squadron and part of the 325th fighter wing [US Air Force], crashed at about 9:15 (16:15 Moscow time) this morning. The scene is 12 miles (about 19 km) northeast of the main base of Eglin at the test and training ground,” stated in a statement.
The pilot ejected, he was taken to the hospital. His condition is assessed as stable. No one else was injured in the incident. It is also noted that no damage was caused to civilian structures.
An investigation has been launched into the incident.
As noted by the press service of the Eglin air base, the accident occurred during a training flight. The command did not provide information about the possible causes of the incident.
This is the fifth F-22 catastrophe and the third case when the pilot of this fighter was able to successfully eject.
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