Pilot hospitalized after military plane crash near Albuquerque airport

Military Fighter Jet Crash in New Mexico

Military Fighter Jet Crash in New Mexico

Developmental F-35 Fighter Jet Crashes Near Albuquerque International Sunport

Pilot Injured

On Tuesday afternoon, a military aircraft, a developmental model of the F-35 fighter jet, crashed near New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Sunport. The aircraft was being delivered by Lockheed Martin and had just taken off from Albuquerque on its way to Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

Emergency Response

Lt. Jason Fejer from Albuquerque Fire Rescue reported that multiple agencies responded to the crash scene shortly before 2 p.m. local time. The plane went down near the airfield on the southside of the Sunport. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, sustained serious injuries but was conscious and taken to a nearby hospital. Two civilians at the scene were assessed but did not require hospitalization.

Response and Recovery Efforts

Aerial footage from KOB-TV showed local firefighters extinguishing the blaze at the crash site. Mayor Tim Keller expressed gratitude for the rapid response of the first responders and sent prayers for the pilot’s recovery. It was not immediately confirmed whether the pilot was a service member or a civilian.


David Martin contributed to this report. For more news updates, visit CBS News.

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