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Air Force fighter with landing gear trouble lands safely at JBER

An F-22 Raptor takes off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson this summer. (Bill Roth / ADN)

The Air Force says a landing gear malfunction likely was the cause of an emergency landing of an F-22 Raptor fighter jet Wednesday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage.

The pilot was not injured.

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

The F-22 is a twin-engine, single-seat fighter produced by Lockheed Martin.

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

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