F-22 flying over Tyndall AFB, Florida
Following the death of Capt. Jeff Haney, the grounding of the F-22 fleet, and the recent appearance of F-22 pilots on 60 Minutes another Raptor has been in the Air Force’s most serious class of accident — a “Class A” mishap.Dave Majumdar at Flight reports the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was flying from Tyndall AFB, in Florida during a training flight last Thursday when it suffered an accident resulting in at least $2 million worth of damage.
According to Air Force Investigation Boards ”Class A accidents are accidents that result in fatality or total permanent disability, loss of an aircraft, or property damage of $2 million or more.”
These are the most serious type of accidents designated by the Air Force classification system.
While the full cost of the damage has yet to be determined, the Air Force says the plane will be repaired and the pilot was not injured.
The Air Force is refusing to offer further details, but did say that while there is no indication the life support system was to blame for the crash, the investigation will continue.
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