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.