F-22 Raptor Crashes Near Tyndall AFB

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Associated Press Release

Tyndall Air Force Base, FL (AP) -- Air Force officials say a fighter jet has crashed along a highway in the Florida Panhandle and that the pilot ejected safely. There were no immediate reports of injuries on the ground.

A news release from the Air Force says the F-22 Raptor went down Thursday afternoon near Tyndall Air Force Base, just south of Panama City. The pilot was receiving medical treatment at the base.

A section of Highway 98 was closed as rescuers responded.

The cause of the crash isn't clear.

AP-WF-11-15-12 2251GMT

Tyndall Air Force base, FL - November 15, 2012 - A plane has crashed on Hwy 98 near Tyndall AFB.

Lt. Holiday at Tyndall AFB confirms the plane is an F-22. We believe the pilot ejected safely before the crash.

Witnesses report the wreckage is on fire.

Hwy 98 is closed at the DuPont bridge. HAZMAT crew enroute.

News crews are on the scene, and WCTV will bring you updates as they come in.

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