F-35 Fighter Jet Crashes Near International Airport

Written by Camilla Jessen

May.29 - 2024 8:37 AM CET

Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
In the United States, an F-35 fighter jet crashed near Albuquerque International Airport.

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In the United States, an F-35 fighter jet crashed near Albuquerque International Airport, New Mexico's primary international airport, on Tuesday.

The incident occurred while the jet was en route from Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Crash Details

The F-35 jet, piloted by a Defense Contract Management Agency pilot, was being transferred from a Lockheed Martin factory to be put into service.

The pilot, the only person on board, was conscious and transported to a hospital with serious injuries, according to officials from the airport and the Albuquerque Fire Department.

A news release from Kirtland Air Force Base stated that the pilot is now in stable condition.

Lockheed Martin reported that the F-35B fighter jet had stopped to refuel at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico before continuing its journey.

The crash is currently under investigation, and further details about the cause of the incident have not yet been released.

Recent Military Aircraft Incidents

This crash is part of a troubling pattern of military aircraft incidents in the United States.

Recently, an F-16 fighter jet crashed near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.

In January, a B-1B Lancer supersonic strategic bomber crashed while attempting to land at Ellsworth Air Base under adverse weather conditions, including sub-zero temperatures and thick fog that severely limited visibility.

In November, an American military aircraft, a V-22 Osprey, with eight crew members on board, crashed into the sea near the coast of Japan.

In September, an American pilot ejected from a modern F-35 fighter, after which the plane disappeared for some time, continuing to fly for 100 kilometers until it crashed in the countryside.

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