Tyndall plane crashes in training flight at Eglin Air Force Base


UPDATE 11:30 a.m.

A Tyndall F-22 Raptor that was temporarily assigned to Eglin Air Force Base crashed at about 9:15 a.m. today at Eglin AFB. The aircraft is assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, officials wrote in a news release.

The location of the accident was 12 miles northeast of Eglin main base on the test and training range. The mission was a routine training flight with the 33rd Fighter Wing and was unrelated to the Air Force Salute Flyover today, officials wrote.

The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and transported to the 96th Medical Group hospital on Eglin AFB for evaluation and observation.  He is currently in stable condition. There were no other individuals in the aircraft.

There was no loss of life or civilian property damage related to the accident.

First responders from the 96th Test Wing are on the scene.  The crash site is secure. 

A board of Air Force members will investigate the accident.

Additional details will be provided as they become available.

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WMBB) — Shortly after a flyover finished in Bay County an F-22 assigned to Eglin Air Force Base crashed.

The pilot ejected safely before the plane crashed, Eglin officials said Friday. They added that the jet was part of a training flight and was not part of the flyover team.

The pilot was taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition. Eglin first responders are on scene at the crash and a board of officers will investigate the accident to learn what happened, officials said.

An earlier version of this story is below:

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WMBB) — Minutes after a group of fighter jets performed a flyover to honor coronavirus first responders a plane has crashed at Eglin Air Force base.

Officials tell News 13 that the crash happened in Okaloosa County and the pilot was taken to a nearby hospital.

The flyover included locations in Panama City Beach, Panama City and Lynn Haven. It was also supposed to include Mexico Beach and Gulf County but Tyndall officials said on Facebook that portion of the flyover was canceled.

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