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F-22 fighter jet crashes near Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base

A 325th Fighter Wing F-22A Raptor touches down at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 20. The first six Raptors arrived to their temporary home at Eglin from Tyndall Air Force Base. This move is part of mission shift by the Air Force as Hurricane Michael recovery efforts continue at Tyndall. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
May 15, 2020

An F-22 Raptor fight jet assigned to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida crashed on Friday after performing a training flight, according to a statement from the base.

The crash occurred at 9:15 a.m. CST in Okaloosa County approximately 12 miles northeast of the base. Personnel from the 96th Test Wing responded immediately to the scene.

The pilot was able to eject, but was transported to the 96th Medical Group hospital on base.

The pilot, who was not identified, is reported in stable condition, but no further details are known at this time.

The jet was part of the base’s 43rd Fighter Squadron, with the 325th Fighter Wing.

The crash took place after F-15 and F-16 fighter jets performed a flyover to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, though the F-22 was not a part of the flyover team. It was part of the 33rd Fighter Wing’s training flight.

No other jets or personnel were involved in the crash.

At the same time the crash was reported, Tyndall Air Force Base announced the remained of its local flyovers scheduled for Friday were canceled, citing “unforeseen circumstances.”

Tyndall is located approximately 80 miles southeast of Eglin. Earlier on Friday, Tyndall had conducted flyovers consisting of an F-22, F-35, and T-38s in a display of thanks to healthcare workers.