A Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, experienced the collapse of the nose gear during a landing attempt at Eglin Air Force Base (VPS/KVPS), Florida.
The mishap occurred at around 3:30 PM local time, according to a press release from the 96th Test Wing, the main unit at Eglin. The F-22 involved in the accident was assigned to the 325th Fighter Wing, which is technically based at Tyndall Air Force Base, also in Florida. However, the 325th’s Raptors have been flying from Eglin, as well as other bases around the country, since Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall in 2018.
“The F-22 experienced an in-flight emergency,” the press release from the 96th Test Wing read, according to Northwest Florida Daily News. “The aircraft landed safely. There was one person on board. Fire crews responded immediately and the pilot was transported to flight medicine for an evaluation.”
Related Article: F-22 Raptor pilots are taking off using an incorrect technique
A picture reportedly showing the jet nose down on the runway with its canopy open, along with two crash trucks behind it, subsequently emerged on the unofficial “Air Force amn/nco/snco” Facebook page. T
his comes nearly two months after another F-22 suffered a very similar-sounding mishap due to an unspecified landing gear issue at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is underway.
The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft. So far Thirteen F-22 Raptors are involved in crash, belly landing, engine, and other issue Incident.