F-22 makes emergency landing at JBER
An F-22 Raptor fighter jet safely made an emergency landing at Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday afternoon.
The jet, assigned to JBER’s 3rd Wing, landed at the base at about 1 p.m. Wednesday according to a statement from base officials.
JBER spokeswoman Erin Eaton said the incident wasn’t a midair collision, and the pilot didn’t have to eject from the Raptor. The stealth fighter was on a routine training flight at the time of the incident.
“He came in, had to make an emergency landing, and he was able to safely exit the aircraft,” Eaton said.
There wasn't any immediate word Wednesday night on whether the pilot was injured.
Air Force authorities were still investigating what led to the emergency, Eaton said.
According to aviation and automotive website The Drive, two JBER-based F-22s have suffered engine problems this year during flights in the Lower 48. One of them forced an F-22 to make an April belly landing at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada, just days after another Raptor lost power in one engine during a flight at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.
F-22s stationed at JBER have made at least two intercepts of Russian bombers off Alaska in recent months, as a Russian military exercise was conducted in that country’s Far East.
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