VIDEO: Air Force F-35B fighter jet crashes near New Mexico airport

  • Source: KOB-TV NBC 4 Albuquerque
  • Published: 05/29/2024 12:00 AM

Crews responded to an Air Force fighter jet crash near University and Rio Bravo Tuesday afternoon. Lockheed Martin confirmed a F-35B fighter jet crashed just south of the Albuquerque International Sunport after a refueling stop at Kirtland Air Force Base. It was traveling from Fort Worth, Texas to Edwards Air Force Base in California. The pilot – who ejected before impact – is recovering at UNM Hospital. The fighter jet crashed and burst into flames just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Albuquerque Fire Rescue and Bernalillo County firefighters battled the fire, but they needed help from Kirtland Air Force Base. “We carry 500 gallons of water on our apparatus and small foam tanks, but it’s no match for a jet fuel fire of that scope,” said Lt. Jason Fejer with AFR. Investigators are still looking into what caused the crash.


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