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Navy jet crash declared total loss in Nevada

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A Navy jet crash in western Nevada has been declared a total loss. The fighter jet was on a training mission near Fallon, Nev. and unarmed. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 2, Lt. Reagan Lauritzen, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson said that rescue crews were impeded by both weather and difficult terrain.

The F/A-18C, a U.S. Marine jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, went down on a Navy range training complex about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, she said.

Navy jet crash is currently under investigation. Its cause is yet unknown. The condition and identity of the pilot will not be released for at least 24 hours. The jet was incorrectly reported previously to be a Hornet.

The F/A-18C involved in the Navy jet crash is a single-seat variant of the fighter. It is also configured with several upgrades. This jet is a twin-engine all-weather fighter. It was used in both Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, last manufactured the F/A-18C in 1999.

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