Pilot injured in US fighter jet crash in Death Valley National Park
A Navy pilot was injured after an F / A-18F Super Hornet crashed in Death Valley National Park, California.
The Navy said in a press release that the crash happened around 3 p.m. Oct. 4 in a remote area.
No civilians were injured as a result of the accident.
The pilot, whose rank and name were not disclosed, suffered only minor injuries after being able to eject from the plane, reported Stars and stripes.
Search and rescue units from the NAWS China Lake, Fort Irwin Military Base, and Marine Aviation Tactics and Weapons Squadron (MAWTS) 1 at Marine Corps Yuma Air Base responded to the the scene of the accident and rescued the pilot.
The pilot was sent for treatment to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, after the crash, and was released later that night.
The incident is currently under investigation and the military is working with the National Park Service to clean up the crash site.
The aircraft had been assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 based at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), the Navy said.
Officials from the Navy and Death Valley National Park have been contacted for further comment.
In July 2019, an F / A-18E Super Hornet pilot died after crashing in Death Valley National Park.
Lt. Charles Walker, 33, was on a routine training mission over a canyon about 40 miles north of China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station when the crash occurred.
The National Park Service reported that seven people also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. The Navy discovered the plane struck the side of the canyon wall during low-altitude training, according to a review consulted by the USNI.
“The NAS aviation family Lemoore mourn the loss of one of our own,” said Captain James Bates, commanding officer of Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, in a statement after the pilot was identified.
“Lieutenant Walker was an incredible Navy aviator, husband and son. He was an integral part of the Vigilante family and his absence will be keenly felt on this line of flight. Our Airmen understand the risk associated with this profession and they accept it. knowingly in service to our nation.
“The untimely loss of a fellow aviator and flight attendant hurts us all. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.”
The Super Hornet Walker flew was assigned to the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station (NAS) in Lemoore, California.