EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — 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.