USN F/A-18E crashed 31-07-2019

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USN F/A-18E crashed 31-07-2019

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US Navy confirms a single-seater F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed in Inyo County, California today.
Status of the pilot is unknown.
A Navy search and rescue helicopter from the base at China Lake is in en route. per
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Re: USN F/A-18E crashed 31-07-2019

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Unconfirmed local reports say fire on the hill and possibly 6 (light) injured on the ground. Location seems the Star Wars Canyon. Father Crowley Overlook parking closed.
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Re: USN F/A-18E crashed 31-07-2019

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https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2 ... china-lake
and
https://theaviationist.com/2019/07/31/b ... rs-canyon/

https://www.facebook.com/VFA151/posts/2 ... 2107?__xts
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...does sound rather ominous regarding the status of the pilot :(
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https://theaviationgeekclub.com/u-s-nav ... rash-dead/
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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/navy-fight ... 019-08-01/
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https://twitter.com/flynavy/status/1157012171097690113
The Navy has confirmed the pilot of a F/A-18E Super Hornet that crashed Wednesday died in a routine training exercise.
In accordance with Department of Defense policy,
the identity of the pilot will be withheld until 24 hours following notification of next of kin, the Navy added.
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Makes you wonder what the consequences might be for any spotting opportunities there.
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Although not officially confirmed, pictures suggest the hornet being:
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