The commander of Eglin Air Force Base in Florida announced the base will take a 'safety pause' on May 21, after the crash of two fifth-generation fighter jets within days of one another.
An F-22 crashed on Eglin's test and training range Friday morning, on May 15, 2020, during a training flight. Four days later, on Tuesday night, an F-35 also crashed on the base's air field. Both pilots safely ejected without significant injuries.
However, the back-to-back crashes have alarmed the base. Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, commander of the 96th Test Wing, said in a Facebook post Wednesday that while the health of the two pilots is a relief, the base needs to turn its attention to improving safety.
A secure location as a center of operations by the armed forces.
An area of land set aside for the takeoff, landing, and maintenance of aircraft.
The passenger jet made an emergency landing at an abandoned airfield.