BREAKING NEWS: ‘Pilot and crew of F-35 fighter jet parachute to safety after colliding with a C-130 Hercules aircraft which was forced to make an emergency landing in a field in remote area of California’
A military aircraft has crashed in Imperial County in southwestern California.
It’s not known what type of plane was involved in the crash however witnesses have been reporting on Twitter that several crew members managed to parachute out of the aircraft before hitting the ground.
One eye witness described the aircraft as being ‘fully engulfed’ in flames by the time it impacted the ground. A Blackhawk helicopter is now on scene searching for survivors of the crash.
Although not officially confirmed, according to emergency personnel on scene, both the pilot and co-pilot managed to eject from the F-35 fighter jet.
There have also been reports of parachutes spotted descending from the aircraft before it finally came down.
Although not officially confirmed, according to emergency personnel on scene, both the pilot and co-pilot managed to eject from the F-18 aircraft (file photo)
Numerous emergency personnel from Imperial County are now on the scene searching for the survivors.
It’s believed the pilot along with his co-pilot may have landed several miles away from the point of impact.
A statement was released by the Naval Air Base shortly after 5:15pm PDT.
‘We were alerted to the fact that there is a report of a downed military aircraft in the vicinity of the Salton Sea. We are coordinating with the FAA, Imperial County Agencies, and CHP to determine the details. We are aware that military helicopters flying in the area are assisting at the moment.’
The F-18 aircraft which has all but disintegrated is thought to have came from nearby Naval Air Facility El Centro which serves as a training base for military units conducting air-to-air bombing.
The base is located about two hours drive east of San Diego.
A military aircraft has crashed in Imperial County in southwestern California. A Blackhawk helicopter is now on scene searching for survivors of the crash