November 17th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Pentagon: Missing military jet 'believed to be crashed'

An Alaska-based Air Force F-22 that went missing on a training mission is "believed to be crashed," a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday.

Col. Dave Lapan did not immediately give other details about the situation.

The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Tuesday evening, officials from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson at Anchorage, Alaska, said Wednesday.

Gary Strasburg, an Air Force spokesman, told CNN that a pilot was in the single-seat aircraft during a routine training mission.

Contact was lost with the F-22 at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time (11:40 p.m. ET) on Tuesday.

- CNN's Larry Shaughnessy contributed to this report

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  1. Fortunate1269

    Wow, never knew how sick people can get...That is someone's Loved one that was in that acft and all you can come up with is some lame Palin jokes. Pathetic Pukes! My condolences go out the the family of the brave pilot that served his/her country.

    November 17, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shawn

    The aircraft is down, and the fact it hasn't been located means the ELT isn't squawking. So either it's been destroyed in a crash, it's blocked from satellite reception, or (worst case) the aircraft may be in the hands of others. The most sophisticated combat aircraft on the planet and we can't find it?

    November 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TLL

      They don't put ELTs in military fighter aircraft. You only put the ELT on the parachute of the pilot. That way he/she can shut it off and evade the enemy.

      November 18, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Patty

    The Palin's R not important. Pray for the pilot.

    November 18, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
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    November 18, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dovemom

    What is wrong with you people? An airman lost his life today. A family lost a father. A community lost member. An American will not be going home today. Get your priorities straight.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Wild Hurricane

    How can a plane go missing? As Shawn made mention of, but did not clarify, these planes have to have GPS tracking devices. My cheap $20 cell phone has GPS tracking. Is this the Governments way of selling Weaponery to foreign governments? It would be nothing for this pilot to be sworn to secretcy. Remember that big ghost story about those airplanes getting lost it the Bermuda Triangle? Those planes were probably sold to Cuba or Brazil or stolen by those drunken pilots and sold to Trinidad or somebody. Those pilots could have gotten snuffed for their efforts, too.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • TLL

      Why would you want a GPS tracking on a fighter jet. Your job is to not be seen by the enemy, not tell them where you are.

      November 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. cesar

    @duke. Ok duke, ok. Whatever you.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. cesar

    No burping in my blog, thank you.

    November 18, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. K jacktown michigan

    if palin gets in, this will be the least of our worries

    November 18, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil

    Flights are tracked with pinpoint accuracy. If one is lost, it wasn't by accident.

    November 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Wild Hurricane

    Well, they have got to have something. I'm sure a GPS tracking system is do-able. Radio frequency? Microwave? Pink ballons?

    November 18, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. dan morgan

    THE DEMBOS stold the plane to get obama out of town before palin whips his dumb butt so bad in 2012 that the dumb dembos can never recover.

    November 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dan morgan

    IF PALIN GOT THE PLANE i hope she takes a can of dembo roach spray and heads straight to w. HOUSE and rids it of the dembo infested place. IF dembos had an education u nuts would vote repub. PALIN AND HUCKABEE IN 2012. PLEASE GOD

    November 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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