A US Air Force F-35B fighter jet crashed after it collided with an aerial refueling tanker on Tuesday, a U.S. marines unit mentioned.
The pilot of the F-35B jet ejected and was being handled, whereas the crew of the KC-130J refueling plane had landed safely, the third Marine Aircraft Wing mentioned.
The crash occurred over Imperial County, California, ABC News reported.
“At approximately 1600 it was reported that an F-35B made contact with a KC-130J during an air-to-air refueling evolution, resulting in the crash of the F-35B,” the third Marine Aircraft Wing mentioned in a tweet.
The explanation for the crash was below investigation, the marines mentioned.
The refueling airplane had returned to Thermal Airport and all crew members have been protected, it added.
The marines unit didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.