SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A pilot ejected when an F-35 fighter jet he was flying crashed into a U.S. Air Force base in Utah suffered no serious injuries, officials said Thursday.
The pilot was released after being taken to a hospital for observation Wednesday night, 388th Fighter Wing Colonel Craig Andrle said at a news conference. The pilot’s identity has not been released.
“He will be in a bit of pain today, but otherwise he was released with only minor scrapes,” Andrle said.
No one on the ground was injured and no homes were damaged, he said. Hill Air Force Base is located about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.
The cause of the crash of the F-35A Lightning II is unknown. It is under investigation by Air Force officers. There was no increase in weather at the time of the crash
It crashed on the north side of the Hill Air Force Base runway and the pilot landed nearby. The jet was completely destroyed, Andrle said.
This is the first time an F-35A Lightning II has crashed into the base. The last crash was an F-16 Fighting Falcon in 2009, officials said.
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