Navy plane in training flight crashed into Nevada mountain

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Fallon, NV, United States (4E) – A supersonic F/A-18C Hornet plane of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon crashed in Nevada’s mountain region during a training flight on Saturday afternoon.

The wreckage of the jet was found in rugged terrain of the U.S. Navy range training complex, about 70 miles east of NAS Fallon. No information about the condition of the pilot was released. The pilot’s name also was not released pending notification of next of kin.

The cause of the 3 p.m. crash is still under investigation.

The unarmedjet was assigned to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, according to Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, spokeswoman of the Naval Air Forces commander based in San Diego, California.

F/A-18C Hornet planes also figured in previous accidents. In 2008, one figured in a collision over Nevada desert that killed one pilot. In 2006, a similar plane crashed into a vacant area of the Imperial Valley in California, killing the pilot.

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