As reported earlier, a pilot ejected from a Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II fighter jet during a failed landing at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth Thursday morning.
White Settlement Chief of Police Christoper Cook stated that his department was called at 10:15 a.m. by the United States Navy Police and Lockheed Martin to assist in clearing onlookers away from a road that runs adjacent to a runway where officials were responding to and investigating the crash.
Both the pilot’s seat and the pilot’s parachute could be seen near the aircraft after the ejection. The plane came to a halt on the grass that ran along the southwest side of the runway, close to where White Settlement Road and Spur 341/Lockheed Boulevard are located.
“We are aware of the F-35B crash on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth and understand that the pilot ejected successfully,” Lockheed Martin said in a statement. “Safety is our priority, and we will follow appropriate investigation protocol.”
The pilot sustained minor injuries and is going through the generic Lockheed Martin protocols that follow a crash along with the entire f35 division, an employee told Atlas News.