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Super Hornet Crashes in California, Pilot Safe

Image of the crashed Super Hornet via KFSN ABC 30

Image of the crashed Super Hornet via KFSN ABC 30

A Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet crashed just outside the limits of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif. on Monday, according to a statement from the service.

The pilot, whose name is being withheld, ejected safely before the single-seat fighter crashed about 3:55 P.M. local time (6:55 P.M. EST).

A Lemoore spokesman told the Associated Press the pilot was in, “good condition.”

“The aircraft crashed into an unpopulated field just south of the operations side of the installation,” read the Monday statement.

“There are no reports of any other injuries or damage as a result of the crash.”
The Navy has now mounted an investigation into the crash.

The following is the Navy’s complete Sept. 21 statement on the crash.

Lemoore, Califonia (NNS) — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE – One F/A-18E Super Hornet, assigned to Naval Air Station Lemoore, crashed today at approximately 3:55 p.m. near the installation.

The pilot of the single seat aircraft ejected safely and is in good condition. The name of the pilot is being withheld for privacy reasons.

The aircraft crashed into an unpopulated field just south of the Operations Side of the installation.

At this time, there are no reports of any other injuries or damage as a result of the crash.

Additional information will be released when made available. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Monitor our “Naval Air Station Lemoore” Facebook page for updates.

A press conference will be held at 6:30 p.m. Media wishing to attend, should meet the installation Public Affairs Officer at the Media Lot.

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Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.