Horror! Fighter Jet Crashes And Bursts Into Fireball After Hitting Tanker While Trying To Refuel

A shocking video has emerged of a US fighter jet crashing to the ground after it hit a tanker during an air-to-air refuelling operation in California. The F-35B stealth combat aircraft made contact with a KC-130J tanker near the Salton Sea in Imperial County on Wednesday (September 30), allowing it to remain airborne for a longer period of time.

Footage shared by witnesses on Instagram shows the combat jet rapidly falling from the sky and smashing into the ground before a huge fireball erupts. A woman is heard screaming: “Oh my God! You guys!” while her friends walk up to the front to film. Plumes of black smoke fill the sky as the £77m fighter jet burns.

First responders on the ground also reported that the jet “disintegrated” after bursting into flames.

  

A Blackhawk helicopter was deployed to the scene in search of survivors According to local media KESQ, the tanker made an emergency landing in a farm field in Thermal Airport and all eight crew members were reported safe. The pilot of the F-35 jet ejected successfully and safely landed, but details of his injuries were not known yet. The US Marine Corps confirmed the collision yesterday.

They said in a statement: “An F-35B made contact with a KC-130J during an air-to-air refuelling evolution, resulting in the crash of the F-35B.

“The pilot of the F-35B ejected successfully and is currently being treated.

“The KC-130J is on deck in the vicinity of Thermal Airport. All crew members of the KC-130J have been reported safe.

“The official cause of the crash is currently under investigation.”

The air-to-air refuelling requires a hose and drogue, which the tanker dangles from the wing of the aircraft so that the fighter jet can use a pop-up probe to connect and draw fuel.



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