On Thursday morning, several US media outlets such as CBS News released a video clip of the astonishing moment when an F-35B fighter jet pilot jettisoned out during its failed landing at Fort Worth Naval Reserve Base in Texas.
Captured by a mobile phone, the footage displays an F-35B Lightning II jet proceeding down the Joint Reserve Base at NAS Fort Worth. As it attempted to land vertically, the fighter bounced up and back before ultimately taking a nose dive onto the runway.
#PlaneCrash: Video of a @LockheedMartin #F35B Lighting II crash landing at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth, Texas. The pilot can be seen ejecting safely from the aircraft.pic.twitter.com/KrYLLnAegj— Defence Insider (@defence_insider) December 15, 2022
As seen in the video, the aircraft kept rotating before shooting forward, allowing the pilot to escape unscathed while smoke billowed from its nose.
On Thursday morning, the White Satellite Police Department issued a statement on Facebook stating that officers were dispatched to attend a crash at 10:15 am local time.
In order to facilitate a thorough investigation by the Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin, some traffic closures were established in the vicinity of where the accident occurred on military property. Luckily, no injuries resulted from this incident as reported by CBS..
On Thursday, Lockheed Martin declared that it had been made aware of the crash and the pilot’s survival and would take all necessary steps to investigate.