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Marine Corps Warplane Crashes Near Twentynine Palms, Killing Pilot

Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center
Photo by Lance Cpl. Sara Anderson
Twentynine Palms Air Ground Combat Center

The Marine Corps says one of its fighter jets has crashed near Twentynine Palms, killing the pilot.

A statement says the F/A-18C went down around 10:30 p.m. Thursday during a training mission in the vicinity of Twentynine Palms, about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

The sprawling Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is located at Twentynine Palms.

The pilot has not been identified. He was from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.