F-35A Nose Down At Eglin AFB After Inflight Emergencyby Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick, The Drive
A U.S. Air Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter from the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force base has made an emergency landing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Though there are still limited details about what happened, the stealthy fighter apparently suffered an issue in flight and its nose gear collapsed after it touched down and had parked.
The mishap occurred at around 12:50 PM local time at Eglin, according to an official press release from the 33rd. The plane, sitting nose down on the tarmac, was visible from a highway outside the base. The Wing oversees U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Joint Strike Fighter pilot training and the Florida base also hosts foreign F-35 pilot training contingents.
“The aircraft landed safely and parked when the front nose gear collapsed. There was one person on board,” the 33rd’s press release added. “Fire crews responded immediately and the pilot suffered no injuries as a result of the incident.”