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Air Force: No sign of hypoxia in Fla. F-22 crash

Friday - 11/16/2012, 4:40pm  ET

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - The Air Force says there are no indications that the pilot of an F-22 that crashed in Florida experienced hypoxia-like symptoms.

The single-seat stealth fighter went down Thursday afternoon near Tyndall Air Force Base, just south of Panama City on The Gulf of Mexico.

The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft. The jet has had problems in recent years with its pilots experiencing oxygen deprivation. The Air Force has said the jet is safe to fly but flight restrictions remain in place to keep it out of high-altitude situations where pilots' breathing is under the most stress.

On Friday, Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia said that there are no indications the pilot suffered any physiological symptoms during his flight.

The crash is under investigation.


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