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Military aircraft crashes south of Albuquerque International Sunport

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A military aircraft crashed off an airfield on the south side of the Albuquerque International Sunport on Tuesday, according to airport officials. One person, the pilot, is conscious but was seriously injured.

The pilot was the only individual on board and ejected before crashing, according to Albuquerque Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Lt. Jason Fejer. “Pilot was transported, categorized red, meaning he had some serious injuries, required immediate need for transport. There was two other civilians that were also assessed on scene. One was a patient refusal, and one was a non-patient for some of the debris that came across the road and that they were struck by,” Fejer said. Kirtland AFB said the pilot was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital and is in stable condition.

AFR received reports of a downed aircraft around 2 p.m. Bernalillo County Fire Rescue and the Kirtland Air Force Base Fire Department also responded to the crash.

They say the pilot ejected from the aircraft before it crashed and landed a distance away from the wreckage. Hundreds of people saw a fireball and a plume of smoke right after it happened.

In a statement, Lockheed Martin said:

An F-35B enroute from Fort Worth, Texas, to Edwards Air Force Base, California, crashed after a refueling stop at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The pilot safely ejected. Safety is our priority, and we will follow appropriate investigation protocol.

Lindsay Wilson, Lockheed Martin

Traffic on University Blvd is blocked south of Rio Bravo and that’s expected to continue through Wednesday. Anyone driving into Mesa del Sol should take Bobby Fister Rd.

Smoke from crash involving a military aircraft near the Albuquerque International Sunport on May 28, 2024. (Credit: KRQE)

The Sunport says flights have resumed, but people need to check with their airline for flight status.

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