Military plane makes emergency landing in Thermal, other military aircraft crashes near Salton City

Military plane makes emergency landing in Thermal, other military aircraft crashes near Salton City

Taylor Martinez

 

UPDATE: New audio between pilot and air traffic control as he’s forced to make emergency landing:

 

A plane has made an emergency landing after a midair collision during aerial refueling. The other aircraft crashed near Salton City.

A KC-130J aircraft landed in the area of Polk Street and 59th Avenue in Thermal. It all happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Eight people were reportedly on board the KC-130J aircraft but there are no reports of injuries.

The other military aircraft, a F-35B, crashed near Salton City, in Ocotillo Wells. Reports say parachutes were seen dropping from the aircraft before it went down.  The pilot was safely ejected.

According to Naval Air Facility El Centro, military crews immediately responded to the scene. There was a small fire that erupted after that aircraft hit the ground, but it was put out.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Credit NBC Palm Springs viewer: Francisco Almanza Jr.
Credit NBC Palm Springs viewer: Francisco Almanza Jr.
Credit NBC Palm Springs viewer: Francisco Almanza Jr.

This story was updated 9/30/20

 

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