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.
A #3rdMAW pilot out of @MCASMiramarCA was killed as a result of an F/A-18C Hornet crash. More info as available. pic.twitter.com/hQ3fiROmT9
— MCAS Miramar, 3rdMAW (@MCASMiramarCA) July 29, 2016
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.