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U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Demo Team commander, performers aerial maneuvers July 14, 2019, at the "Mission Over Malmstrom" open house event on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul Lopez, F-22 Demo Team commander, performers aerial maneuvers July 14, 2019, at the "Mission Over Malmstrom" open house event on Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. (Jacob M. Thompson/U.S. Air Force)

An F-22 Raptor pilot is in stable condition and recovering at an Eglin Air Force Base hospital in Florida after a training accident Friday morning, according to Air Force officials.

The single-seat fighter jet was assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, part of the 325th Fighter Wing now based at Eglin. The jet crashed at about 9:15 a.m. in a test at the training range located 12 miles northeast of the main base, according to a news release about the incident.

The pilot ejected safely from the aircraft and has been transported to the 96th Medical Group hospital on the base for evaluation and observation, according to the release. His name has not been released.

A board of officers will investigate the accident, according to the release.

The crash site is located in a heavily forested, secure portion of the training range, said Ilka Cole, spokeswoman for the 96th Test Wing, which oversees operations at Eglin. First responders from the 96th Test Wing remained on scene and have secured the crash site.

Though there are some facilities in the area, none were impacted by the crash, Cole said. There was no loss of life or civilian property damage related to the accident.

All flight operations at the base were grounded as a result of the crash, which was part of a routine training mission with the 33rd Fighter Wing, according to base officials. That unit flies F-35A Lightning II fighter jets and is also part of Eglin.

The F-22 Raptor employs long-range, air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, according to the Lockheed Martin, which builds the plane.

Located in the Florida Panhandle, Eglin is under the command of the 96th Test Wing, which tests and evaluates Air Force equipment and systems. It has more than 9,800 military, civilian and contractor personnel working at Eglin, according to the base website.

thayer.rose@stripes.com Twitter: @Rose_Lori

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.
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