A pilot was seriously injured when an F-35B fighter jet crashed Tuesday afternoon near New Mexico’s Albuquerque International Sunport, authorities said.

The plane was a developmental model of the F-35 fighter jet (Possible candidate is TR3 & Bk4 test aircraft Bu 170052, c/n BF-159), which was being delivered by Lockheed Martin.

The aircraft “crashed off of the airfield” on the south side of Albuquerque International Sunport, the airport in New Mexico’s most populous city said on social media. The site of the crash, which was reported just before 2 p.m. MT, also is near Kirtland Air Force Base.

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