An F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet went down on Friday in Southern California’s Mohave Desert
A US Navy fighter jet pilot was killed on Friday when his F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet crashed within the Mojave Desert of Southern California, marking not less than the fourth such incident within the space lately.
The jet, based mostly at Naval Air Station Lemoore between Los Angeles and San Francisco, went down close to the city of Trona in San Bernardino County at round 2:30pm on Friday, the Navy stated in an announcement. The pilot wasn’t recognized, and the Navy supplied no particulars about how the crash occurred. There have been no accidents reported on the bottom.
The incident occurred just some hours after a Navy particular forces sailor was killed and 4 others had been injured when their van crashed on the way in which again from a coaching train at Camp Billy Machen in Niland, California. Two of the opposite injured sailors had been listed in vital situation at close by hospitals, the Navy stated, with out figuring out any of the personnel concerned. The California Freeway Patrol is investigating the crash. The van reportedly veered off the freeway earlier than 10am, struck a boulder and overturned.
The fighter jet crash additionally follows a 2019 incident through which one other Tremendous Hornet went down, killing the pilot. That crash occurred in Demise Valley Nationwide Park throughout a coaching mission. Seven park guests had been struck by particles and injured. The bystanders had gathered at a scenic overlook the place army pilots are recognized to zip by way of an space nicknamed ‘Star Wars Canyon,’ in some circumstances flying beneath the rim like a spacecraft within the film ‘Star Wars’.
There have been not less than two different crashes in California involving Tremendous Hornets up to now two years. A Tremendous Hornet based mostly at Naval Air Station China Lake went down final 12 months at Demise Valley Nationwide Park, and a Tremendous Hornet from Naval Air Station Lemoore crashed within the Mojave Desert in 2020. In each of these circumstances, the pilots ejected and survived.
The F/A-18E Tremendous Hornet, constructed by Boeing, is called the Navy’s premier strike fighter and has a prime pace of almost 1,200 miles per hour. The $70 million jet is featured within the new ‘Prime Gun: Maverick’ film starring Tom Cruise.
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