F-22 crashes in Florida
DoD photo of an F-22 cockpit during midair refueling
November 15th, 2012
06:35 PM ET

F-22 crashes in Florida

By Larry Shaughnessy

(CNN)  - An F-22 fighter jet crashed Thursday afternoon near Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. The pilot ejected safely, according to Lt. Col. John Dorrian, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force.

Tyndall AFB is a training base for F-22 pilots. There's no confirmation that the plane took off from Tyndall before the crash, but that would be logical, Dorrian said.

The F-22 has been the focus of years of investigations about a problem that causes some of the stealth fighter's pilots to become dizzy or black out. The exact cause of the problem still hasn't been identified.

Last year, the Government Accountability Office put the cost per F-22 (including research and development) at $412 million.

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