US Air Force F-35 fighter crashes in Florida, pilot safe

US Air Force F-35 fighter crashes in Florida, pilot safe

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F-35 crashes at Eglin AFB. This is the second crash in five days after F-22 Raptor crash

A U.S. Air Force F-35A crashed during a routine night-training exercise near Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Tuesday.

The pilot was ejected safely and is in stable condition, the military said. The F-35A Lightning II was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron.

An investigation into that mishap has been launched. The aircraft “was participating in a routine night training sortie,” according to the statement, which added that “there was no loss of life or damage to civilian property.”

This is the second time in a week that a fifth-generation fighter jet has crashed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. On May 15, an F-22 Raptor from Eglin crashed on the base’s test and training range.

The F-35A, the most common version of three different variants, is estimated to cost around $90 million.

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