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Pilot dies after US Navy fighter jet crashes

The F/A-18E Super Hornet is the US Navy's primary attack and air superiority aircraft (Image: Boeing)

The F/A-18E Super Hornet is the US Navy’s primary attack and air superiority aircraft (Image: Boeing)

A fighter jet pilot has died in a crash in the southern California desert.

The US Navy today confirmed that one of its FA-18E Super Hornet fighter jets crashed near Trona.

It was found 230 miles southeast of the jet’s base at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, California.

No civilians were injured.

The pilot’s identity will be released 24 hours after his family is informed, the US Navy confirmed.

In a statement, a spokesman said: “An F/A-18E Super Hornet, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., crashed near Trona, California at approximately 2:30 p.m. PDT on June 3.

“The pilot has been confirmed dead.

“The pilot’s identity will not be released until 24 hours after notification of next of kin.”

The Super Hornet can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

The Super Hornet can carry air-to-air missiles and air-to-surface weapons (Image: Alamy Stock Photo)

Naval Air Force Station China Lake Federal Firefighters and Naval Security Forces were dispatched to the crash site as soon as the alarm went off.

“More information will be made available as soon as possible,” the US Navy added this morning.

The Naval Air Station at Lemoore is the US Navy’s newest and largest Master Jet Base.

The Strike Fighter Wing Pacific fleet is stationed at the site along with associated squadrons.

A light aircraft crashed in Oceanside, four hours from Lemoore, on Friday afternoon.

A woman was killed and a man seriously injured when the plane crashed near the city’s airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement: “A single-engine Cessna 208B crashed while the pilot attempted to land at Oceanside Municipal Airport in Oceanside, California around 2 p.m. local time today.

“Two people were on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.’

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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/04/pilot-dies-after-us-navy-fighter-jet-crashes-16768229/ Pilot dies after US Navy fighter jet crashes

Justin Scacco

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