Navy jet crashes during training flight in Nevada

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A supersonic combat jet crashed Saturday afternoon on a training complex in rural Nevada, the Navy said.

The F/A-18C Hornet went down about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in western Nevada, an hour’s drive east of Reno.

The aircraft was conducting a training flight. Navy personnel were en route to the scene Saturday night and had not yet “confirmed the status of the aircraft crew member,” according to a news release.

The plane was assigned to the air station’s Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

Naval Air Station Fallon is a popular training site because of its weather, which provides “more than 300 clear flying days per year” and its facilities, which include four bombing ranges, an electronic warfare range and a 14,000-foot runway, the longest in the Navy, the station’s website says.

CNN’s Barbara Starr contributed to this report.


  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Another $5 mILLION down the drain – oh well, they’ll just cut Social Security some more to pay for it.

    I guess they’re practicing for some imaginary enemy they envision will be attacking the United States any day now.

    Or more likely they’re practicing to help defend every violent little minority of wealthy right-wing extremists that pops up in the world when they try to take something over. After all, that’s all they’ve ever been used for!

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