F/A-18C Crashed, Pilot Ejected Safely

Story Number: NNS160802-23Release Date: 8/2/2016 6:09:00 PM
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From Naval Air Forces Public Affairs

NAVAL AIR STATION FALLON, Nev. (NNS) -- An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Wing Pacific, Detachment Fallon, crashed into an open field near Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, at approximately 10:50 a.m. PDT. The Navy pilot, who is assigned to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center, ejected safely from the aircraft, was recovered by emergency response personnel, and has been transported to medical facilities for evaluation.

The F/A-18C Hornet was on temporary assignment to Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Detachment Fallon, from Marine Strike Fighter Squadron (VMFA) 232.

Initial reports indicate no structures or personnel on the ground were damaged or injured in the mishap. The cause of the mishap is under investigation.

For more information on U.S. Marine Corps aviation, please contact USMC public affairs at ontherecord@usmc.mil or by phone at (703)614-4309.

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