F-22 fighter jet crashes in California desert

March 26th, 2009 - 3:00 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 26 (DPA) An F-22 fighter jet crashed in California while on a test flight Wednesday, the US Air Force confirmed. The status of the pilot was unclear.
Lieutenant-Colonel Karen Platt, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the crash took place about 55 km northwest of Edwards Air Force Base, which lies in the desert north of Los Angeles.

The F-22 Raptor is one of the most sophisticated fighter jets in the world and comes with a hefty pricetag. The crash was the first for this model since it went into full production, Platt said.

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