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Military Jet Crashes Near Local Base

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Military jet crashes in White Settlement | Image by NBC DFW

A military jet crashed Thursday morning near the Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base and Lockheed Martin facility in White Settlement.

The White Settlement Police Department and emergency crews responded to the scene near White Settlement Road and Spur 341/Lockheed Boulevard around 10:15 a.m. Roads are being closed around the site of the crash.

The plane’s pilot ejected before it went down, but their condition is unknown at this time, NBC 5 reported. Video from the scene broadcast by the news station appears to show the jet largely intact.

The plane appears to be a Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II that stopped in the grass off the southwest side of runway 18/36.

The F-35 fighter jet is assembled at the Lockheed Martin facility immediately west of the Fort Worth Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base. Lockheed has delivered at least 88 F-35s with plans to deliver up to 153 by the end of the year.

Further details about the incident have not been confirmed by Lockheed Martin or officials at the base.

This is the second plane to come down near the base in the past two years. In September 2021, a Navy T-45C Goshawk jet trainer out of Corpus Christi crashed in Lake Worth. Both pilots ejected and survived the crash, though they were injured.

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