Air Force F-22 Raptor makes Emergency Landing in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Air Force says a landing gear malfunction likely was the cause of an emergency landing of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet in Alaska.

    The F-22 made the landing early Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

    The pilot was not injured.

    Air Force spokeswoman Erin Eaton says the base launched an investigation after the emergency landing. A preliminary review pointed to the landing gear problem, the Air Force said in an announcement Thursday afternoon.

    The F-22 is a twin-engine, single-seat fighter produced by Lockheed Martin. The company website the aircraft are 62 feet (18.9 meters) long with a wingspan of 44.5 feet (13.6 meters).

    Two Raptors were scrambled last month to intercept and monitor Russian bombers in international airspace west of mainland Alaska.

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