US Navy plane crashes in Death Valley; the pilot ejects safely
The pilot of a US Navy fighter jet survived this week after crashing in Death Valley National Park in California, Navy officials said on Tuesday.
The F / A-18F Super Hornet crashed around 3 p.m. Monday in a remote area of the park, according to a Navy statement.
The unidentified pilot, who ejected the plane safely, was treated for minor injuries at a Las Vegas hospital and was released later that night.
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“No civilians were injured as a result of this incident,” the Navy statement added. “The National Park Service and the Navy will work together to coordinate the cleanup of this wilderness area.”
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The aircraft was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 based at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake – located in the Mojave Desert about 150 miles northeast of downtown of Los Angeles.
The Navy has used the facility since the 1940s for missile and rocket development, Stars and Stripes reported.
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The incident is currently under investigation and the Navy says it is cooperating with local authorities.