Near Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth on Thursday, a Lockheed Martin F-35B military plane crashed after leaving the runway. According to the firm, the pilot made a “successful” ejection. At around 10:15 a.m., White Settlement police responded to a request from the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin regarding the crash, which had occurred on military property close to the flight line. No fire was reported, and the pilot is currently being checked on, according to the police.
There was a video of an F-35B hovering in the air before it briefly appeared to touch down before lifting back up and tilting forward. The nose of the plane looked like it had been damaged when the front wheels gave way under the weight of the plane. Before the pilot could eject, the plane had already spun around 180 degrees.
The F-35 is assembled and tested at a Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, Texas, which is conveniently located next to a military base. The F-35B flown by the Marine Corps has the ability to take off and land in a short amount of space, much like a helicopter. The plane can travel at a supersonic clip for long distances. Both the United Kingdom and Italy use it as well.
In 2015, after a five-year delay caused by technical issues, the Marine Corps finally declared the F-35B combat ready. Thursday afternoon, the Department of Defense of the United States confirmed that the downed plane was still Lockheed Martin’s property. The Department of Defense claimed it lacked information, such as the pilot’s military background or whether or not they are a Marine.
The Defense Department has declined to provide any further information or commentary. The pilot is officially an American government employee, as confirmed by Lockheed Martin. A spokesperson for the company said that until the investigation is complete, they have no comment on what caused the crash.
Lockheed Has A Facility In Fort Worth Where The F-35s Are Put Together
Lockheed Martin was informed of the incident by the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy.
Some footage of the plane landing vertically with its landing gear lowered has been making the rounds on social media. A “kangaroo landing” or “porpoising” occurs when an airplane touches down but then bounces off the runway.
The F-35 then nosedives forward, smashing into the asphalt. Shortly after the jet vanishes in a puff of smoke, it performs a 180-degree turn, dragging the starboard wing across the runway.
When the plane came to rest on a flat surface with both of its rear landing gears on the runway, the pilot ejected. Unfortunately, the pilot’s condition was not immediately shared. Currently, there is an investigation being conducted.
There is only one military service in the United States that uses the STOVL version of the multi-service fighter plane, and that service is the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
The crash in Fort Worth is the latest of several major incidents involving F-35s in 2018. A US Air Force F-35A crashed in Utah in October, and a US Navy F-35C was lost in the South China Sea in January while attempting to land on the USS Carl aircraft carrier.
Navy Jet Crashes In Fort Worth; Pilot Ejects ‘Successfully’
On Thursday, an F-35 crashed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas, but the pilot was able to safely eject before the plane caught fire.to Lockheed Martin for the other.
According to what Cook was told on the phone, “the call was that a military aircraft had crashed on the base, it’s on their perimeter side of the fence, and that the pilot had ejected.”
Despite the fact that the crash occurred on federal property, local authorities were called to direct traffic around the area. This was because many people had stopped to see what was happening at the base.
After the F-35B crashed on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, the pilot successfully ejected, according to a statement released by Lockheed Martin.
The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, so we will conduct thorough investigations.
In a statement, Lockheed Martin said, “We are aware of the F-35B crash on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth and understand that the pilot ejected successfully.” When an incident occurs, we will conduct an official investigation because safety is our top priority.
The video, as reported by Joseph Trevithick of The War Zone, gives a clear look at the functionality of “the so-called ‘zero-zero’ capabilities of the jet’s Martin-Baker US16E ejection seat, with it safely functioning with aircraft on the ground and essentially stopped.”
NBC DFW News states that a Corpus Christi-based Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer crashed in Lake Worth last September. Both pilots ejected in time to avoid serious injury, but they both were hurt.