A US Marine Corps F-35B fighter plane has collided with a KC-130J refueling aircraft. The jet crashed as the tanker was strained to make an emergency landing in the middle of a field.

The Naval Air Facility El Centro reported that the two planes collided in mid-air during a refueling operation at around 4 pm local time on Tuesday

The F-35B pilot ejected himself to safety as the jet fell in the desert near Salton City.

Meanwhile, the tanker was forced to make an emergency landing in the middle of a field near the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal town. All eight crew members were unharmed.

An investigation has been initiated to determine the cause of the crash.

In 2018, another US Marine Corps F-35B crashed in South Carolina. Its pilot also safely ejected and there were no fatalities on the ground.

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