Flight operations suspended at Eglin Air Force Base after 2 jets crash in 4 days
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WXXV) — An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the U.S. Air Force’s 58th Fighter Squadron crashed upon landing around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to officials, the pilot successfully ejected and was transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital at Eglin Air Force Base for evaluation and monitoring. The pilot is reported to be in stable condition.
At the time of the accident, the pilot was participating in a routine night training exercise.
There was no loss of life or damage to civilian property and the name of the pilot is not being released this time.
This is the second fighter jet to crash at Eglin AFB in less than a week. On Friday, May 15 an F-22 from crashed about 12 miles northeast of the main base during a training flight. The pilot was also able to eject safely.
Both crashes are under investigation.
The 33rd Fighter Wing announced Wednesday they will temporarily halt flight operations through at least Memorial Day.