A Lockheed Martin F-35 crashed in Utah on Wednesday evening, sending the pilot to the hospital and starting a fire.
Hill Air Force Base officials report that the multirole fighter crashed after coming back from a training mission.
The aircraft became uncontrollable and struck the ground at the north end of the runway, starting a brush fire.
New Start: #TheStripFire is 8-10 acres. Cause was a downed Military Aircraft. No injuries reported. Fire was on DOD land. Fire suppression by Weber Co. resources and Forestry, Fire and State Lands (FFSL) Fire has been suppressed but continues with Haz-Mat and other needs. #ffslkw pic.twitter.com/3ONcMbyUbV
— Utah Fire Info (@UtahWildfire) October 20, 2022
Col. Craig Andrle, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing, said the pilot ejected and was sent to the hospital.
“Tonight, first and foremost, we’re thankful that he’s OK, he got out of the aircraft,” Andrle said.
Around 8-10 acres of brush were affected in the subsequent wildfire.
According to CBS News, the cause of the crash remains unknown.
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