Navy F-18 crashes in California, pilot ejects safely
A single-seat US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, like the one shown above, crashed yesterday. It was based out of Lemoore Naval Air Station in California. The pilot, who has not been named yet, ejected safely, and was well enough upon landing to walk to the first responders on the scene. According to Military Times, his condition is reported as "good."
Lemoore is located about 45 miles south of Fresno, and serves as the hub for Hornet operations on America's west coast. As far as the impact of the crash, firefighters put out a fire at the scene, roughly three miles from Lemoore. There was no impact on civilian activity in the area.
This is the latest incident involving the F-18, and the first in some time that didn't involve carrier operations. An August fire on the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman forced the pilot and RIO to eject. They landed on the flight deck, and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The Navy also lost a trio of Hornets at sea over the past year. Two fighters and a pilot were lost last September in the Pacific, while a Hornet participating in anti-ISIS operations was lost in the Persian Gulf last May. The pilot, based off the USS Theodore Roosevelt, was safely recovered.
At present, the cause of this latest incident hasn't been made clear.
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