F-22 crashes in Okaloosa County, pilot ejects safely
A military plane crashed in Okaloosa County Friday morning. Officials say it was unrelated to the tribute flyover in Bay County.
According to an Eglin Air Force Base spokesperson, the crash happened around 9:15 a .m. about 12 miles northeast of the base at a testing range. The spokesperson said the plane was an F-22 assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron with the 325th Fighter Wing.
We're told the pilot safely ejected from the aircraft and was taken into medical care for monitoring, but is in stable condition.
This crash happened during a routine exercise and is not connected to the military tribute flight that was happening at the same time in Bay County. Eglin Air Force Base and Tyndall Air Force Base flew over the Panama City Beach and Panama City area as a way to say thank you to first responders battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The flyover was cut short before they could fly over Tyndall Air Force Base, Mexico Beach, and Gulf County.
Officers are on scene at the crash site and have secured the area. They will investigate what could have been the cause of the crash.