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F-22 Raptor Stealth Aircraft Crashed At Tyndall AFB
By Daniel Baxter

November 16, 2012 - The pilot of a F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, safely ejected as the jet crashed on Thursday around 3:30 p.m. on Tyndall Air Force Base one-quarter mile east of the drone runway. 

Despite initial media speculation, there are no indications that point to the life support system leading to this incident or playing any role in Tyndall's F-22 crash; however, a thorough investigation is being conducted in accordance with standard Air Force and Defense Department policy.  

The pilot was conducting a routine training mission when first responders were alerted of a problem via an inflight emergency call and were on scene fighting the fire within two minutes of the incident. 


"Our first responders reacted quickly and professionally due to the extensive training we conduct here at Tyndall," said Col. David Graff, 325th Fighter Wing commander. "In addition, the pilot received top-notch care from our medical group." 

A safety team has begun interviewing witnesses, maintainers and other individuals immediately after the incident. "Right now, our number one priority is the safety of our Airmen and all involved as we secure the scene of the incident," Colonel Graff said. 

The first step taken in the securing process was a sweep by explosive ordnance disposal Airmen for any parts of the aircraft that may be explosive. Follow-on steps include addressing environmental and biological hazards. Most modern aircraft are made of composite fibers, which can create health concerns for people on the scene when a plane catches fire. 

Tyndall first responders are well trained and equipped to respond to aircraft crashes and minimize their effects on surrounding areas, Colonel Graff said. Throughout the initial and continued responses all personnel have worn the appropriate protective gear, and they will continue to do so until the immediate site of the crash is deemed safe.



The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation super maneuverable fighter aircraft that uses stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities that include ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems and final assembly of the F-22. Program partner Boeing Defense, Space & Security provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
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