The Marine Corps has confirmed an F/A-18D fighter crashed at its Miramar Air Station near San Diego late Thursday, killing the pilot. The aircraft went down on federal property east of the developed portion of the base. Rescuers recovered the body of the pilot, who has not been identified, Friday morning The crash happened just before midnight and an emergency response was initiated immediately involving both military and civilian resources.
The Marines said the aircraft belonged to the Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 224, a South Carolina-based unit known as the “Fighting Bengals,” but was operating out of Miramar. The Marines said an investigation has begun and circumstances of the crash have not been released.
And earlier story identified the aircraft as a Super Hornet. It was actually a legacy F/A-18D Hornet.