The Air Force 33rd Fighter Wing is now supporting a formal investigation into what might have caused an F-35A to crash upon landing during a nighttime training sortie at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., paving the way toward ultimately returning to “normal flying operations.”
The cause of the crash is not yet understood, however Air Force officials are clear to emphasize that immediate actions were taken to ensure the “pilot was recovered and all airborne aircraft landed safely,” Col. Jon Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing Commander told The National Interest in a written statement.
“The team also ensured the crash site was secure and safe, and all appropriate notifications were made. Our wing is now working diligently in coordination with Team Eglin to support the formal investigation and to make sure we are ready to return to normal flying operations,” Wheeler added.
According to an Air Force report, the pilot is now in “stable” condition, after being transported to the 96th Medical Group Hospital for evaluation and monitoring.