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Air Force F-22 Raptor makes emergency landing in Alaska

An F-22 Raptor performs a low fly-by before landing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, on May 7, 2018.

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 11, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Air Force says a landing gear malfunction likely was the cause of an emergency landing of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet in Alaska.

The F-22 made the landing early Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

The pilot was not injured.

Air Force spokeswoman Erin Eaton says the base launched in investigation after the emergency landing. A preliminary review pointed to the landing gear problem, the Air Force said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

The F-22 is a twin-engine, single-seat fighter produced by Lockheed Martin. The company website the aircraft are 62 feet long with a wingspan of 44.5 feet.

Two Raptors were scrambled last month to intercept and monitor Russian bombers in international air space west of mainland Alaska.

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