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Marine Corps Hornet Pilot Killed In Crash At Twentynine Palms

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, taxis down the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska on June 20, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

A U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18C Hornet aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, taxis down the runway at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska on June 20, 2016. US Marine Corps Photo

A Marine Corps pilot in an F/A-18C Hornet died last night in a crash during a training mission near Twentynine Palms, Calif.

The pilot was from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The cause of the crash, which occurred around 10:30 p.m. on July 28, is under investigation. The Marine Corps has released no more details about the pilot or the crash.

Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Aviation Lt. Gen. Jon Davis said this morning that his thoughts are with the Marine’s family. Asked if aviation readiness problems, which have led to lower training hours for Marines, was a factor in the crash, Davis said that all his squadrons had enough flight hours to stay safe in the air.

Categories: Aviation, News & Analysis, U.S. Marine Corps
Megan Eckstein

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Megan Eckstein is a staff writer for USNI News. She previously covered Congress for Defense Daily and the U.S. surface navy and U.S. amphibious operations as an associate editor for Inside the Navy.