An F-35A Lightning assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron has crashed upon landing, say the U.S. Air Force.
The crash occurred on May the 19th and the pilot successfully ejected. The pilot was then transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital for evaluation and monitoring.
“The pilot is in stable condition. At the time of the accident, the pilot was participating in a routine night training sortie. First responders from the 96th Test Wing were on the scene and the site has been secured. The accident is under investigation. There was no loss of life or damage to civilian property. The name of the pilot is not being released this time.”
There have been 520 F-35 jets built and the type first took flight 13 years ago. This is the third crash of an F-35 aircraft.
The first crash occurred in September 2018 involving a USMC F-35B near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina; the pilot ejected safely.
The cause of the crash was attributed to a faulty fuel tube; all F-35s were grounded on the 11th of October pending a fleet-wide inspection of the tubes. The next day, most F-35s returned to flight status following the inspection.