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F-22 jet crashes in Florida

Posted May 15, 2020 1:52 p.m. EDT

— A US F-22 stealth fighter jet crashed during a "routine training flight" in Florida Friday, the Air Force said in a statement.

The pilot who has not been named was able to eject from the aircraft safely and was transported to a local hospital on Elgin Air Force Base "for observation and evaluation," according to the Air Force.

"He is currently in stable condition," the statement said.

The crash took place on a training range 12 miles northeast of the base and the Air Force said "there was no loss of life or civilian property damage related to the accident."

The incident is under investigation.

The F-22 is considered one of the most advanced fighter jets in the world.

However the US military only has about 183 of the aircraft in its inventory, according to an Air Force fact sheet.

Each jet costs approximately $143 million and production of F-22s ceased in 2011 as the Pentagon focused instead on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Given the limited number of F-22s in the military's inventory, the loss of a jet in a crash will have a significant impact.

Several F-22s stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida were damaged during Hurricane Michael in 2018.

Many of the jets were moved to Elgin due to the extensive damage Tyndall suffered during that storm.

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