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F-22 fighter jet crashes in Florida

By Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer
November 15, 2012 -- Updated 2306 GMT (0706 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Fighter jet pilot ejects safely, Air Force spokesman says
  • Aircraft has been investigated for problem that causes pilot dizziness

(CNN) -- WASHINGTON (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.

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