BREAKING: Fighter jet crashes at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, pilot ejected taken to hospital

Per AirForceTimes, an F-22 Raptor from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida crashed Friday morning on the base’s test and training range, but its pilot is safe and in stable condition.

The pilot of the F-22 safely ejected, and was taken to the 96th Medical Group hospital at the base for evaluation and observation, Eglin said in a release. The pilot is in stable condition, but was not identified by Eglin.

The jet was from the 43rd Fighter Squadron, part of the 325th Fighter Wing that is now based at Eglin. The range where it crashed is about 12 miles northeast of Eglin’s main base

The pilot was flying a routine training flight with the 33rd Fighter Wing when it crashed at 9:15 a.m., Eglin said in the release. First responders from the 96th Test Wing arrived at the scene, and an investigation is under way.

Eglin said there was no one else on board, and there was no loss of life or damage to civilian property.

Yahoo reports an F-22 fighter jet with the 43rd Fighter Squadron crashed Friday morning during a routine training mission, a base spokeswoman has confirmed.

The pilot, whose name has not been released, ejected from the aircraft and was taken to the base hospital, said Ilka Cole, a spokeswoman for the 96th Test Wing, which is the host unit at Eglin AFB.

There were no other injuries or damage to civilian property, according to the Air Force.

First responders were on the scene of the crash, about 12 miles northeast of the main base in a remote part of the reservation, Cole said. The sprawling Eglin reservation covers hundreds of thousands of acres across Northwest Florida.

The F-22 Raptor was on a routine training mission at the time of the crash, Cole said, and was not part of a flyover scheduled Friday morning to honor first responders and hospital personnel for their work on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

The crash prompted Eglin AFB officials to recall the four jets that were to be involved in flyover, said Don Arias, Tyndall Air Force Base spokesman. The jets were already in the air.

The aircraft that crashed, along with the aircraft in the flyover – a separate F-22, an F-35 fighter jet and two T-38 training jets – are among aircraft originally assigned to Tyndall AFB that were moved to Eglin AFB before and after Hurricane Michael in 2018, which laid waste to Tyndall AFB.

Arias said there will be two investigations into the crash: a safety investigation and an accident investigation. The safety investigation, involving pilots, will consider the actual conduct of the flight. The accident investigation will comprise what Arias called a “cross-disciplinary team” that will attempt to determine a cause for the crash.

Results of the safety investigation won’t be made public, but the accident investigation will be made available to the public. However, accident investigations can take months, and sometimes years, to complete.