Fighter jet crashes in Florida; pilot ejects and survives

F-35A Lightning II crashes while returning from routine training flight

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation, single-seat, single-engine, stealth-capable fighter, that can perform close air support, tactical bombing, and air defense missions.

TAMPA, Fla. – An Air Force fighter jet crashed while landing at a Florida base, but the pilot was able to eject and survived.

The F-35A Lightning II crashed Tuesday night on the base as the pilot returned from a routine training flight, the public affairs office at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle said in a news release.

The pilot ejected before the crash and is hospitalized in stable condition, the base said.

The pilot is a member of the 58th Fighter Squadron. The pilot's name was not released.

The crash came four days after an F-22 fighter crashed 12 miles (near 20 kilometers) from the base. That pilot also ejected and survived.


This story has been updated to correct that Eglin Air Force Base is located in the Florida Panhandle.