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US Air Force F-35 Crashes In Florida Base

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A US fighter jet, Air Force F35A, has reportedly crashed while landing at a base in Florida.

Reports say the pilot however survived.

According to Information available to African Entertainment, the jet was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron of the 33d Fighter Wing based in Eglin.

Aviation portal, Aerotime says the jet was landing during a night training exercise when it crashed on May 19, 2020.

The pilot ejected, recovered, after being transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital for medical care, report says.

The F-35A is believed to be the second crash in less than a week to affect the base.

It would be recalled that on May 15, 2020, an F-22 Raptor belonging to the 325 Fighter Wing during a routine training flight. The pilot was able to eject safely.

It is the second crash ever for an F-35 of the US military. An F-35B was lost near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in 2018. Worldwide, an F-35A belonging to the Japan Self Defense Forces crashed on April 9, 2019, according to report.

Eglin Air Force Base houses the Formal Training Unit for the F-35 Lightning II. Since Tyndall Air Force Base was damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, Eglin also took over the training of F-22 pilots.

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