F-22 Accident Report Released

Posted 14 November 2012
File photo by Lisa Norman

Air Education and Training Command officials released the Accident Investigation Board findings in the 31 May incident involving an F-22 at Tyndall AFB, Florida, on 14 November 2012. The Investigation Board president found clear and convincing evidence that the causes of the mishap were the pilot’s failure to advance the aircraft’s engines to military power and his premature retraction of the landing gear during a touch-and-go landing. Without sufficient thrust, the aircraft settled back to the runway, landing on its underside. The aircraft (Air Force serial number 02-4037) then skidded along the runway to a stop. The pilot was able to safely exit the aircraft, suffering only minor injuries. There were no fatalities, significant injuries, or damage to civilian property.

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