Navy Pilot Killed In Training Crash

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A U.S. Navy pilot was killed when an F/A-18C training aircraft crashed Saturday afternoon about 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. "Initial reports from the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss," said Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, a public affairs officer with the U.S. Pacific Fleet in San Diego. "It took Navy personnel several hours to reach the crash site, as it was located in remote, rugged, mountainous terrain. A snow storm overnight in the area also hindered the effort." The aircraft was not carrying any weapons or other munitions, the Navy said.

The Navy said the aircraft was on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center from the U.S. Marine Corps. The cause of the crash is under investigation, and the pilot's name has not been released.