SALTON CITY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Nine people are safe after a U.S. Marine Corps refueling aircraft made an emergency landing after a mid-air mishap involving a fighter jet.
MCAS Yuma says an F-35B fighter jet made contact with a KC-130J while refueling air-to-air.
The eight crew members aboard the tanker weren't hurt. The pilot of the fighter jet ejected safely. Doctors are treating his injuries.
The cargo plane made an emergency landing in a field in Thermal. It lost two of its propellers. We received reports of a fuel leak from one of its wings.
The F-35B crashed in the desert west of the Salton Sea. The Marine Corps set up a one-mile perimeter around the wreckage.
The F-35B Lightening II is a supersonic stealth aircraft with short takeoff and vertical landing capabilities. MCAS Yuma hosts a number of F-35B squadrons.
The KC-130J is an extended-range air tanker. It's the largest aircraft flown by the Marine Corps
The official cause of the crash remains under investigation.