F-35B crashes after mid-air contact with military refueling plane above Imperial County, military says

Downed military plane reported in Imperial County, Navy says

One of the planes involved, following its landing in Thermal on Tuesday.

IMPERIAL COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – An F-35B crashed and military cargo plane came down following mid-air contact above Imperial County Tuesday, according to social media posts by the U.S. Navy and Marines.

The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing confirmed that an F-35B made contact with a KC-130J refueling plane during an air-to-air refueling – causing the F-35B to crash. The pilot of the F-35B ejected successfully and is receiving treatment.

All members of the KC-130J were reported safe.

The U.S. Navy says personnel are coordinating with the FAA, Imperial County agencies, and the CHP.

The official cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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