Wednesday, March 25, 2009

US Air Force F-22 Raptor Crashes in California

An F-22 Raptor, like the one shown in this file photo, has crashed north of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The aircraft was on a training mission at the time of the accident. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel A. Kocin.)

News in Balance:

WASHINGTON, March 25, 2009 -- An Air Force F-22A Raptor fighter jet crashed this morning about 35 miles northeast of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., defense officials confirmed.

The incident occurred at about 10 a.m. in an area known as Harbor Dry.

The aircraft, based at Edwards, was on a test mission when the incident occurred. Edwards is home of the Air Force Flight Test Center.

One pilot was on board, but the pilot’s condition is unknown at this time, officials said.

A board of officers will investigate the cause of the crash.

(Report from Pentagon and U.S. Air Force news releases.)

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