Navy Pilot recovering after jet crashes at Fallon Range Training Complex

(Sept. 3, 2015) F-35C Lightning IIs, attached to the Grim Reapers of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, and an F/A-18E/F Super Hornets attached to the Naval Aviation Warfighter Development Center (NAWDC) fly over Naval Air Station Fallon's (NASF) Range Training Complex. VFA 101, based out of Eglin Air Force Base, is conducting an F-35C cross-country visit to NASF. The purpose is to begin integration of F-35C with the Fallon Range Training Complex and work with NAWDC to refine tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) of F-35C as it integrates into the carrier air wing. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Darin Russell/Released)

A U.S. Navy fighter pilot safely ejected before crashing in northern Nevada during a training mission yesterday.

According to officials at NAS Fallon, rescue crews safely recovered the pilot after the FA-18A Hornet went down about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The crash happened in a remote, mountain area about 90 miles east of Reno, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The crash site is about 25 miles east of NAS Fallon, where “high desert borders mountains” on the U.S. Navy’s training complex.

The aircraft was assigned to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center. The flight was part of a routine training mission conducted by NAWDC.

The cause of the crash is now under investigation. The pilot, who has not been identified, is being evaluated for possible injuries at a local hospital.


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