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Air Force confirms second F-22 mishap in April

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has confirmed a second mishap this month involving one of its F-22 Raptor fighter jets.

Elmendorf officials previously acknowledged that a Raptor from the 90th Fighter Squadron skidded on its belly during a takeoff gone wrong at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada on April 13.

In an email Tuesday, the 673rd Air Base Wing at Elmendorf confirmed that an F-22 had a mishap caused by engine failure at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on April 6, one week earlier.

Second Lt. Brigitte Brantley, a spokeswoman for the 673rd, said in the email that the Raptor was participating in regularly scheduled training there and “executing typical training maneuvers” when its engine failed.

The pilot was able to land the plane safely, without further incident, Brantley said. The pilot was unhurt, and no other aircraft were damaged.

The incident was first reported by The Drive.

The F-22 saw an 11.17 percentage point reduction in mission-capable rates in 2017. It was one of several airframes that saw similar dips, contributing to an overall decline in mission-capable rates across the Air Force. (Tech Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Air Force)
The F-22 saw an 11.17 percentage point reduction in mission-capable rates in 2017. It was one of several airframes that saw similar dips, contributing to an overall decline in mission-capable rates across the Air Force. (Tech Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Air Force)

Brantley said the incident is under investigation, and that the Air Force can not yet say what caused the engine failure. The Raptor is still at Tyndall due to the ongoing investigation.

This F-22 mishap is being investigated separately from the April 13 mishap at NAS Fallon, Brantley said. The Air Force has not yet determined whether there are any connections between the two incidents.

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