Pilot Seriously Injured As Military Jet Crashes Near Albuquerque Airport

A military aircraft crashed near the Albuquerque International Sunport on Tuesday afternoon, leaving the pilot with serious injuries. The crash occurred around 2 pm local time on the south side of the airport’s grounds.

Albuquerque Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Lt. Jason Fejer reported that the pilot managed to eject from the plane and was transported to the hospital. Two civilians at the scene were assessed but did not require medical transport.

Authorities have not yet identified the aircraft involved in the crash. Video footage, from the scene suggests it could be a military fighter jet. The investigation into the incident is being led by Kirtland Air Force Base, which’s home to the Air Base Wing and the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Several local fire departments responded to the crash working diligently to locate the pilot and put out the fires. Although flight operations, at the airport have resumed, nearby roads Rio Bravo and University were temporarily closed as fire officials advised people to steer of the area.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller showed appreciation for the response of the emergency personnel. Sent thoughts and prayers to the pilot who was injured. The incident highlights the dangers that our military members bravely encounter every day while serving our country.