The Air Force crashed both an F-22 and an F-35 within a week so they're taking a "pause"

Elizabeth Howe
May 21, 2020 - 11:33 am
Eglin Air Force Base

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Pilots from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida crashed two fighter jets in five days -- an F-35 and an F-22 -- so the installation is taking a "pause."

The F-22 crashed during a training flight on Friday, and the F-35 crashed on the same training range Tuesday night. There were no serious injuries from either crash -- both pilots ejected safely. 

The lack of injury, however, did not mean a lack of concern among the installation's leadership. 

“The events over the past few days remind us that the defense of our country can be a dangerous business,” Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, commander of the 96th Test Wing said in a statement posted on Facebook. “It is very important to me that we now take a safety pause."

During the pause, commanders at all levels are to conduct a "virtual safety day," using a safety briefing that was distributed throughout the installation's leadership. 

In addition to Thursday's safety "pause," Cain suggested "well-deserved down time" over the Memorial Day weekend. 

"Lastly, I hope that you all are able to get some well-deserved down time this Memorial Day weekend. Please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of those we honor on this solemn day."

In the case of both crashes, investigations are ongoing and still in their initial phases. 

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