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F-35A crashes at Hill Air Force Base - Pilot OK

October 19, 2022 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-35A Lightning II from the 388th Fighter Wing crashed at Hill Air Force Base on Wednesday around 18:15h. The pilot ejected and was recovered by emergency crews.

The jet crashed at the north end of the runway 14 just as it was returning from a local training session over the Utah Test and Training Range.

The pilot made a great effort to avoid any buildings or anything on the ground prior to ejection, which resulted in no injuries to anyone on the ground.

Prior to the crash smoke was coming from the engine of the F-35.

The downed jet sparked a fire that spread about eight to 10 acres in size on Defense Department land. Crews were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.

The cause of the crash is unknown but is being investigated.

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