Dramatic video captured a pilot ejecting from an F-35B fighter jet during a failed landing at a Naval Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday morning.
Cell phone video showed a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II jet arriving on the runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. The aircraft appears to be attempting a vertical landing, like a helicopter, and touches the runway before the aircraft jumps slightly, and tilts forward.
The plane continues to spin, then rightes itself as the pilot ejects safely, and smoke billows from the plane’s nose. The video shows the pilot descending on the ground.
In a statement shared on Facebook, the White Settlement Police Department said officers responded to the accident at approximately 10:15 a.m. local time. The crash was confined to military property, and some traffic in the area was closed to allow the Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin to investigate the crash site.
the pilot was unwell,CBS DFW. In a statement to CBS News on Thursday, Lockheed Martin said it was “aware” of the crash and that “the pilot ejected successfully.” The company said it would “follow appropriate investigative protocols.”
Earlier this year, an investigation was launched into the military’s F-35 fleet over a possible faulty part in the jet’s ejection seat. According to the Stars and Stripes newspaper, all F-35 Lightning IIs were grounded during the investigation, but were returned to service in August.
In October,Without serious injuries after an F-35 fighter jet crashed at an Air Force base in Utah.
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