Navy Fighter Jet Crashes in Death Valley National Park
LOS ANGELES, CA. – According to an online news report posted at northwestgeorgianews.com, a U.S. Navy fighter jet crashed in Death Valley National Park in California. Officials are still trying to determine what caused the crash and whether the pilot was killed. The news report indicates that seven people were injured in the accident.*
The crash happened near a chasm called Star Wars Canyon, where sightseers frequently gather to take in the landscape and watch military trainings. In this area, military pilots have training missions nearly every day, and they fly extremely fast and low.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet with the Navy was on a routine training flight during the day and somehow went down near Father Crowley Overlook. The jet caught on fire following the accident. The jet was part of the VFA-151 squadron at Naval Air Station Lemoore that is attached to the U.S.S. John C. Stennis. Another jet was reportedly following behind and lifted up, then began circling after the crash.
The Rome News-Tribune reports that seven people were at the overlook when the accident took place, and they were in the debris and fire path. The report says that the seven people were treated for what was described as minor cuts and burns. None of them was identified.
The pilot of the fighter jet was also not identified. A spokesperson for Naval Air Station Lemoore said that as of about four hours after the collision, the jet’s pilot had not been located. Officials were not certain whether the pilot had been killed in the accident. A military helicopter was searching the area for the pilot.
No information about the potential cause of the accident was included in the news report. At this time, investigating officials have not made any determinations about the factors that might have led to the crash.
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