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Navy jet crash: F/A-18C fighter pilot killed

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Navy jet crash Nevada resulted in the death of the pilot. The name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 3, a Naval Air Force spokeswoman confirmed this.

U.S. Pacific Fleet said officials determined the pilot’s status on Sunday, according to Naval Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Reagan Lauritzen.

The Navy jet crash occurred in a remote and mountainous region 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. After several hours crews reached the crash site on the Navy range training complex. A snowstorm compounded the difficulty of reaching the site. The condition of the pilot was not immediately released.

As mentioned in "Navy jet crash declared total loss in Nevada," by this reporter, the fighter jet was on a training mission and unarmed. The jet was declared a total loss. There were no other passengers on the plane and no one else was injured.

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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