The incident took place near 59th Avenue and Polk Street, just east of Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, at about 4 p.m., said Lt. Brett Vannier, a spokesman for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona. The tanker, a four-engine Lockheed Martin KC-130J, went down “in a field, and on its belly with the landing gear still up.”
The KC-130J is on deck in the vicinity of Thermal Airport. All crew members of the KC-130J have been reported safe.— 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (@3rdmaw) September 30, 2020
The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Updates will be provided as information becomes available.
BREAKING: We're learning of an aircraft emergency involving two planes, a c-130 and an F-35, near the Thermal airport. https://t.co/rH3QiSmyL2— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) September 30, 2020
Details regarding where the jet crashed were not immediately available. The pilot of the F-35B, a single-seat combat plane, managed to eject from the craft and was being treated for injuries, Vannier said. The crew of the air tanker also reported mild injuries, but were safe Tuesday evening. It was not immediately clear if any people were hospitalized, Vannier said. (end of excerpt)
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