Pilot survives F-35 fighter jet crash at Air Force base in Utah
A pilot escaped without serious injury after an F-35 fighter jet crashed at an Air Force base in Utah Wednesday evening. A small fire was also started by the pilots after the F- fighter jet crashed at an Air Force base in Utah on Wednesday evening.
The crash occurred at about 6: 15 p.m. local time at Hill Air Force Base, Col. Craig Andrle, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, said in a Wednesday night news briefing. It took place at the north end of the runway, Andrle said, as the pilot was returning to a routine training mission. The pilot safely ejected from the jet and was taken to a hospital where he was monitored.
“Tonight we’re thankful that the pilot is OK and that he was able to get out of the plane,” Andrle stated.
No one was injured, Andrle stated. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
According to the Utah state fire officials, the crash sparked an 8- to 10-acre brush fire on Defense Department land. Multiple fire departments responded and were able extinguish it, according to state fire officials. Andrle stated that it took around an hour for crews of fire fighters to put out the flames.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox had tweeted that his office was “in communication” with the Air Force base and was “praying for the safety of the pilot and first responders and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Hill Air Force Base is located about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.
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