“Apparent wreckage” of missing F-22 found

The Air Force says they have found the apparent ruins of the F-22 that went missing Tuesday night. A rescue team is being deployed to the area approximately 100 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska.

The jet, from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage and a part of the 3rd Wing, was on a training mission when it lost contact with air traffic control Tuesday night.

The Air Force says they are still searching for the pilot but are not sure if he ejected or is in the wreckage.

“We’re going to ensure that was indeed an F-22 and that is the crash site,” Air Force Col. Jack McMullen, Commander of the 3rd Wing, said. “As we work through this, we are doing an active search to try to find the pilot. Perhaps he ejected. Until we can find out whether he ejected from the airplane or is in the airplane itself, we do not know.”

The Alaska Air National Guard led the search effort, using three helicopters and a cargo plane. In a news release, the Guard says the F-22 was flying with another fighter, which also lost contact with it.

Chicago Tribune

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