Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The military is investigating the crash of a San Diego-based Marine F/A-18C Hornet in a remote area of Nevada on September 1st.
The pilot ejected safely and was later treated and released for minor injuries at a Fallon, Nevada hospital.
Both the pilot and the aircraft are assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 323, based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.
Naval Air Forces Pacific spokesman Lt. Aaron Kakiel told the U-T San Diego:
“The job itself is of a dangerous nature, but it’s not common for an F/A-18 or military aircraft in general to crash. Luckily, it’s one of the safety precautions we have in the aircraft — when the pilot is able to recognize a situation that is unrecoverable, they are able to eject and get out safely.”
According to Kakiel, the $30 million jet was completely destroyed in the crash.