Video captures F-35 fighter jet crashing into the ground after collision
Dramatic video captured the moment a US Marine Corps fighter jet crashed in a ball of fire in California after it collided with a military aerial refueling tanker that managed to land safely.
The pilot of the F-35B jet ejected and was treated after the collision with the KC-130J during air-to-air refueling maneuvers in a military operations area, or MOA, in Imperial County about 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Marine Corps said in a statement.
“The KC-130J is on deck in the vicinity of Thermal Airport. All crew members of the KC-130J have been reported safe,” read the statement.
A recording of the air-traffic control communications captured the chilling moment after the two planes clipped their wings.
“LA Center, LA Center, Raider 50 declaring an emergency, midair collision with Volt 93. We have two engines out, we’re leaking fuel, and likely on fire, and in emergency descent at this time,” the pilot of the tanker says, according to the recording posted by LiveATC.net.
“We declare an emergency. We still have partial control of the aircraft. Two engines out,” he added.
The footage shows the single-engine F-35B stealth fighter slamming into the ground in a ball of fire before emitting a thick plume of black smoke.
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