Pilot Killed in Navy Jet Fighter Crash in California Desert

TRONA, Calif. (AP) — A Navy fighter jet crashed Friday within the Southern California desert, killing the pilot, authorities mentioned.

An F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet based mostly at Naval Air Station Lemoore went down at about 2:30 p.m. within the space of Trona, an unincorporated Mojave Desert group in San Bernardino County, the Navy introduced in a press release.

No person on the bottom was harm.

The id of the pilot and particulars of the crash weren’t instantly launched.

Trona is about 236 miles (380 kilometers) southeast of the air station, which is within the Central Valley.

Lemoore is dwelling to Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and Commander Joint Strike Fighter Wing and hosts 16 operational Strike Fighter squadrons, in accordance with its web site.

In 2019, a Navy Tremendous Hornet crashed in Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park throughout a routine coaching mission, killing the pilot and barely injuring seven park guests who have been struck by particles. They’d gathered at a scenic overlook the place aviation fans watch army pilots dashing low via a chasm dubbed Star Wars Canyon, officers mentioned.

Final October, a Navy Tremendous Hornet from Naval Air Station China Lake additionally crashed, and in 2020 one other from Lemoore went down, each throughout coaching missions. The pilots safely ejected, one in a distant southern space of Loss of life Valley Nationwide Park close to the Nevada border and the opposite within the Mojave Desert.

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