Wednesday, 17 Jul 2024

Pilot feared dead after supersonic US fighter jet crashes in California

A F-18 military jet has smashed into the ground in California – with the pilot’s condition unknown.

US Officials confirmed that the F-18 Hornet jet crashed a few miles off the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

78 emergency workers have rushed to the scene following the crash, with details on who was in the plane still unclear.

The pilot is believed to have crashed during a training exercise.

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar said in a statement: ‘We are aware of an accident involving an F/A-18 Hornet in the vicinity of MCAS Miramar at 11:54 P.M.’

‘This aircraft is not part of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing but was operating out of MCAS Miramar. The crash site is on government property east of the air station and there are no indications of damage to property on the ground.

‘Search and rescue actions are ongoing,” the statement added. “An investigation has begun.’

Initial reports suggest the crash happened in a remote area on the eastern side of the airbase.

Local Fire departments said they are ‘supporting the Miramar Area with an incident.’

They confirmed they had deployed a helicopter to find the pilot of the F-18.

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