A pilot died in another plane crash this week at the Nevada Test and Training Range, the US Airforce said.
The Lieutenant Colonel Eric Schults died from injuries sustained during the crash on Tuesday at Nevada Test and Training Range, about 200km northwest of the major Nellis Air Force Base.
The type of Aircraft he was flying has not been disclosed and “classified”. “Information about the type of aircraft involved is classified and not releasable,” Major Christina Sukach, chief of public affairs for the 99 Air Base Wing at Nellis said.
Schultz was a highly qualified former civilian test pilot who joined the US Air Force in 2001. He became the 29th pilot allowed to fly the F-35 stealth fighter in 2011.
It also took authorities three days before publicly announcing his death.
The crash occurred a day before two A-10C Thunderbolt II ground-attack aircraft crashed on the same weapons testing range. Both pilots managed to eject to safety.
The accident speculates military analysts, saying that If the fatal accident involved an F-35 strike fighter, it would be the first involving the controversial and troubled aircraft. After suffering delays amounting to almost a decade, the aircraft has recently experienced dangerous engine fires — including one incident which burnt its pilots head, neck and face.
Also the possibility remains open that he may have been flying a new or experimental aircraft out of Area 51, a highly secretive testing facility for futuristic designs which is contained within the Nevada Test and Training Range itself.