Washington (CNN) – A US F-22 fighter jet crashed during a “routine training flight” in Florida this Friday, the Air Force said in a statement.
The unnamed pilot was safely removed from the plane and was transported to a local hospital at Eglin Air Force Base “for observation and evaluation,” according to the Air Force.
“It is currently in stable condition,” the statement said.
The accident occurred at a training camp about 19 kilometers northeast of the base, and the Air Force said “there was no loss of life or damage to civil property related to the accident.”
The incident is under investigation.
The F-22 is considered one of the most advanced combat aircraft in the world.
However, the US Army It only has about 183 of the planes in its inventory, according to information from the Air Force.
Each aircraft costs approximately $ 143 million and F-22 production ceased in 2011, as the Pentagon focused on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Given the limited number of F-22s in the military’s inventory, the loss of an aircraft in an accident will have a significant impact.
Several F-22s stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida sustained damage during Hurricane Michael in 2018.
Many of the planes were moved to Eglin due to extensive damage to the Tyndall base during that storm.