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More news from the "oh crap" column...
An F/A-22 Raptor jet crashed just after takeoff at Nellis Air Force Base in the northeast part of the valley. The crash caused a heavy, black cloud of smoke to hang over Las Vegas for some time. News 3's First Response Team Coverage includes Captain Gregg Deacon in Sky 3, and News 3's Steve Crupi reporting on the ground.
Nellis Air Force Base unveiled the F/A-22 Raptor almost two years ago. The stealth plane was unveiled during a special ceremony at Nellis Air Force Base in January of 2003. At the time, it was called "America's sharpest sword."
The high-tech F/A-22 Raptor allows the Air Force to dominate airspace with its speed, power and its capability to attack enemy forces and protect friendly combat units.
Over the past year, there have been at least three crashes at the Nevada Test and Training Range. In one of those accidents, the pilot and passengers did not survive. Six weeks ago, a pilot ejected safely after his Navy F-18 went down about 15 miles northeast of the base. In June, an F-15 fighter jet went down. The pilot ejected safely and was treated for minor injuries on the base. In March, an Air Force Beechcraft went down at the training range, killing four contractors and a civilian pilot.
Source: http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S= ... v=15MUUP3O
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