Navy says pilot in fighter crash died

FALLON, Nev. — A day after a jet fighter went down during a training exercise in western Nevada, the Navy said late Sunday that the pilot had been killed in the crash.

It took rescue crews several hours to reach the site of Saturday’s crash on a training complex east of Naval Air Station Fallon because of a snow storm and mountainous, remote terrain. But there was no immediate word released about the pilot.

US Pacific Fleet said officials determined the pilot’s status on Sunday, according to Naval Air Force spokeswoman Lieutenant Reagan Lauritzen. The pilot’s name was being withheld pending notification of his relatives.


The F/A-18C, a Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, she said.

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When crews arrived at the crash site, they found that the aircraft was a total loss.

The Navy reported incorrectly on Saturday that the jet was one of its Hornets.

The Navy said that there were no reports of any other injuries or damage as a result of the crash, and the jet was not carrying any weapons or munitions on the flight.

Associated Press