Second Eglin training accident ends in F-35 crash

Another routine training flight at Eglin Air Force Base ended in a crash around 9:30 p.m. May 19, the second incident in five days.

The F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron crashed during landing according to a Facebook post by the 33rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs. The pilot successfully ejected and was transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital at Eglin for evaluation and monitoring.

The pilot is in stable condition, and the identity of the individual is not being released.

The accident is under investigation. There was no loss of life or damage to civilian property according to public affairs.

The incident comes on the heels of a similar training accident on Eglin May 15 in which a F-22 assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron and part of the 325th Fighter Wing crashed. In that incident, the pilot was also able to eject safely and was listed in stable condition. That incident is also under investigation.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Litteral


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